Friday, March 22, 2013

"Cord in a Bucket" How to Store Extension Cords

  A few years ago, I was at work fussing about how all my extra long extension cords (50' or more) were getting all tangled up together and how it would take me forever to get a job started because of all of the time it took to untangle. Well one of my buddies said why don't you make a "Cord Bucket"? I said "whats that", so he explained how to do it and I came home and went to town making them and haven't had a bit of tangle ever since.
 So what will you need to get the simple project started?
 1) A 5 gallon bucket as I used or a plastic container that you can store a single cord in.
 2) A drill and a hole saw big enough to get your plug through.
 3) Your tangled extension cord.

  Start by untangling your cord, of course and lay it in the hot sun. Laying it in the sun will make it more flexible and easier to wind into the bucket! Trust me it makes it a lot easier, when I use my Bucket cord in the cold weather its a little harder to wind in but well worth it.
  Then with your drill and hole saw, cut a single whole down next to the bottom of the bucket, (see figure 1). Fish about 4 inches of the cord out.
  Then start to wind the cord into the bucket, take your time and wind it all in in one direction, (see figure 2). This will make thing much easier when you use it later.
Figure 1
Figure 2

   Finally when you are done you will have a wonderful "Cord in a Bucket" that is so easy to use, rewind and store. My buckets have lids, so that I can stack them!
Notice the plug for the outlet is still sticking out of the bottom of the bucket!

   When you need to use it. Just sit the bucket next to an outlet, plug the cord into the outlet and pull out however much cord you need to use, when you are done just rewind the cord back in the bucket and its ready for next time! So easy a Caveman could do it, lol!

James 1 " My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ..."

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  1. What a fabulous idea!
    I love the verse you included, very appropriate lol!


    1. I was hoping someone would catch the patience part, lol!

  2. I like this idea. It also, gives a broken bucket a new use.

  3. That is a genius idea! I need to show my dad this because he has about 50 extension cords and most of the time they are in a huge ball.

    1. I hope it works for him as well as it did me! Good Luck!

  4. What a great idea! Then my kids won't trip of the heap of extensions cords stored in the basement.

  5. Smart idea which has led me to the brain storm of storing the water hose in a bucket, with lots of drainage holes of course. Love the idea of putting the cord in a bucket because it would be so easy to pick up and carry without tangling even more.

  6. Great idea! I hope you'll share this on The HomeAcre Hop today!

  7. I love this! I am always fighting with the hubs because he cannot figure out how to store extension cords and then when I need them its a mess.

    Not Done Growing

  8. Brilliant! One less frustration when doing projects!

  9. Sensational idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter!

  10. He-Who-Mows rolled up an extra-long cord on one of my Hose Reels. I may put a hose in a bucket with a hole, lol.

  11. This is such an awesome idea! What a great way to store those cords. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. I am featuring you later tonight at Pick of the Bunch!

    Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy and Blessed Easter. :)

  12. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone. This is what make blogging so fun to be able to learn from one another! May Each of you have a Happy Resurrection Day!


  13. Great idea!
    Thanks for linking in today...I hope you will again soon....Happy Easter friend!
    I have shared your post on the tootsie time facebook page

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  14. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you can join us again this week!

  15. Nice Idea......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  16. Hi Clint!
    Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! See you Thursday on the next hop!

    We'll be announcing a new giveaway!

  17. Oh, that's so clever - saves a lot of time rewinding the cord! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday

  18. Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today!

    If you have time, I'd love to have you join me on The HomeAcre Hop on Thursday too...we'll be announcing a new giveaway you're sure to appreciate!

  19. This is exactly what we need, I just pinned it so we can try this! My husband was just telling me the other day how unruly the extension cords were in his wood shop so I can't wait to tell him about this great idea!