Outlet Peg (coat Hanger)




About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

One of the kids had a great idea for a peg to hang his clothes. He wanted to make it out of an old plug. So we browsed around in my workshop and came up with this easy project.

Step 1: You Will Need

You will need:

  • Double European outlet
  • 2 plugs
  • 2 big nails
  • some heat shrink tube

  • screwdriver
  • lighter

Step 2: Prepare the Plugs

To prepare the old, used plugs, you will need to open them and remove any wires that are still inside.
We also cleaned them up a little bit.

Step 3: Prepare the Nails

The nail is going to be the actual peg. You could use a straight nail, but we thought a nice bend would make it so much nicer. We used a vice to bend the nails.
Next we shoved some heat shrink tubing over the nails. (The white tubing makes it look like electrical wire)
When you heat up the tubing, it will shrink tight over the nail. We used a lighter to heat up the tubing, but a hair dryer works even better.

Step 4: Make the Plug-pegs

When we combine the plugs with the nails, we will have the pegs.

Put the nail in the strain release of the plug. Make sure that the nail can't and won't be able to reach one of the legs from the plug. We don't want anyone to be electrocuted when someone accidentally puts one of the plug-pegs in a real, live, outlet!
Tighten the strain release.
Close the plug.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Screw he outlet on the wall the usual way by taking of the outer cover. Than screwing the inner parts on the wall and putting back the outer cover.
Now plug in the plugs and you are finished.
If you have heavy things to hang on the pegs or the outlet doesn't hold the plugs in tight, you can glue the plugs in place.

We really liked our result. We hope you do to.

(designed by a 12 year old)



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    11 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Never assume any electrical modification to be completely safe. See this for a cautionary tale:

    Yes, this is for much higher voltages (though the ones being dealt with in this instructable are lethal enough), but that isn't the point. Their near fatal mistake was they changed something, and assumed everything else was constant.

    Someone below suggested to use glue to increase safety. Except ... some epoxies are conductive. And glues do fail, what then? You are also putting more weight on the sockets than they are designed for. How will that play out in the long run? And oh ... lets not forget ... coats can often be ... WET! Do yourself and your child a favor. Go get a standard issue coat hanger.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi njmalhq,

    Thank you for your reply.
    This coat hanger is a design thing. It should not be an actual socket! Well we did use actual old sockets, but there is no current on it. The extra safety is in case someone might ever be stupid enough to break our coat hanger out off the socket and put it into a real life socket.
    I do agree that the sockets aren't strong enough. It was ok for summer jackets, but in winter we had to glue the plug in.
    I hope that I could take away some of your concerns.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    :-) same kid that came up with this clock: https://www.instructables.com/id/just-for-your-inspiration/


    5 years ago

    Couldn't this idea be dangerous if someone plugged the hooks into an actual mains socket?

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    In the instructable, he says:

    "Make sure that the nail can't and won't be able to reach one of the legs from the plug. We don't want anyone to be electrocuted when someone accidentally puts one of the plug-pegs in a real, live, outlet!"

    If you are still worried about that, you could always use epoxy to glue the plugs into the fake outlet.


    Reply 5 years ago

    If you follow the ible to the letter it wouldn't be dangerous, but when the nails are able to touch the pins it will be. When you glue the plugs in the safety issue is also sorted.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is an awesome idea! Now I just need to figure out where I'm going to put the ones I make. Thanks so much for sharing!


    5 years ago