Power Tool Cord Tip

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Prevent Power cord From UnPlugging

Anyone who works with power tools know that there is nothing more frustrating than when your just about to use a tool, pull to far and the cord becomes unplugged. Aaaaarrrgghh!

That feeling intensifies further if your high up on a ladder or on your back in a hard to get to crawl space.



My first day working on a job site I learned a neat power tool cord trick to keep cords plugged in and to lessen the strain on the tool plugs and extension cord boots.

Tie them in a knot:

Hold both cord ends together in one hand and tie a loose knot. After making the knot plug in the connectors.

The beauty of using this method is there is never any strain or stress on the plug ends. I even raise and lower my power tools from ladders by the cords using this connection.

Photo Below: this method works but places alot of strain on the plug connectors ~ eventually ending in an electrical short, necessitating premature plug replacement.

Stay plugged in!

 

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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