Introduction: Power Cord Life Hack

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Tired of detangling the power cord every time you need to mow the lawn or bust out the string trimmer?

Have an unused garden hose reel sitting around collecting dust?

Here is a quick & easy, down & dirty way to get that power cord sorted out!

Step 1: Secure Power Cord to Hose Spiggot

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Old Garden Hose Reel
Power Cord

Grab your old garden hose reel.

Tie or secure your power cord to the old spiggot attached to the garden hose reel.

( There are various ways to do this. This way is expedient & gets the job done... but you can also attach a permanent bracket or other forms of securing the cord)

Step 2: Reel Up Your Power Cord & Done in One!

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Once you have attached the power cord ( a simple loose & gentle knot will do in a pinch)
Simply reel in your power cord with the garden hose using your thumb to keep it in line and....

No more tangled power cords!!

You can even hang your upcycled garden power cord reel on the wall to save space as well!


sctirvn687 (author)2016-07-16

I had the same idea, but I removed the spiggot and cut one of the holes biger and insert the plug into the hole and wind it up this way you don't need a lead.

was tempted to remove the spiggot awhile ago.. definitely going to try it out now.
thanks for the tip!
Do you have a picture of the reel & spiggot mod?


sctirvn687 made it! (author)Luminous Wonder2016-07-31

Sure, here you go. Hope this helps.

thank you!!!


bobski_horner (author)2015-11-01

Good idea,just don`t put too long a lead on the line as this can lead to it melting together on the reel if not fully unwound and causing a fire.

Whoa! was a bit concerned about that. Thanks so much!

maybe it's time to do things the old fashioned way and just mark the cord with a black felt tip pen!

I actually had this happen to me ,didn`t bother reading the warning sticker on the reel ..... prat that I was :>

tosser that i am... posted an ible about it!


Am glad you are alright! :)
I always unwound the cord fully when using the electric lawnmower... but who wants to chance an electric fire.
The new power cord clips or simple loop & pen method might be better.
Maybe this ible should be submitted for The Epic Fail competition.

Prfesser (author)2015-06-13

Excellent idea! I attach the socket end in such a way that the saw/drill/whatever can be plugged in when fully wound, then wind it up. That way you plug the cord into the outlet, carry the reel to the tool/device that needs electrons, and plug it in. No need to unwind the entire cord that way.

Luminous Wonder (author)Prfesser2015-06-13

Thanks so much!

I do a lot of stone or wood works outside & the portable power reel is great, like you said, with angle grinders & power tools.

And it's nice to save time & get in the shade after a long day's work.

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