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Tip suggests color-coding electrical plugs and their tools to make it easy to identify the correct plug in a plug strip.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #33 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 16

Tip shows how to make a switch-operated extension cord for less than $5.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #59 Jun 1997 pg. 32

An overhead extension cord is supported from metal shower curtain rings which slide along a taut steel cable.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #82 Oct 2000 pg. 18

A look at the variety of electric outlets and extension cords that can be purchased to safely expand the number of places to plug in appliances.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1975 (v.53#11) pg. 64

Tip: Wooden block with two slots serves as a cord shortener for an overhead shoplight.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1979 (v.57#10) pg. 68

Tip: Make a hanger from wire to keep slack electric cord out of the way of a power saw.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1980 (v.58#4) pg. 180

Tip: Make a four-outlet receptical box for use with power tools.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1980 (v.58#7) pg. 38

How to replace a worn lamp cord.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1979 (v.69#7) pg. 48

Tip: Coathanger and tape prevent an extension cord and tool cord from becoming unplugged accidently.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1981 (v.4#4) pg. 4

Tip on shortening the electrical cord on all your portable power tools and always using an extension cord.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 40

Tip on stringing an extension cord overhead using metal cable, large fishing swivels, and screw eyes.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 41

Repairing defective electrical plugs.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL May-Jun 1992 (v.76#3) pg. 44
Added Info COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1992 (v.76#5) pg. 56

How to replace a defective lamp or appliance plug.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jun 14 1978 (v.91#7) pg. 168

How to replace a defective lamp or appliance plug.
FAMILY CIRCLE Nov 20 1978 (v.91#13) pg. R13 (240+)

Pattern for an extension cord carrier.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 23 1984 (v.97#15) pg. 112, 178

Tip shows how to make an organizer for a long extension cord from a 5-gallon pail with an outlet box attached on the side.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #187 Feb 1978 (v.28#2) pg. 41

Make your own shockproof extension cord which is equipped with a ground fault interrupter.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #222 Oct 1981 (v.31#8) pg. 64

Simple extension cord holder for a 50 or 100-ft. cord. Made from a piece of plywood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #229 May-Jun 1982 (v.32#5) pg. 108

Cord reel for long extension cords.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #242 Oct 1983 (v.33#8) pg. 125

Repairing damaged electrical plugs. Looks at round cord plugs, flat cord plugs, and three-prong plugs.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #298 May 1989 (v.39#5) pg. 69

Tip on covering a lampcord with clear plastic tubing to prevent it being chewed through by a small child or pet.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 43

A guide to choosing and using the right extension cord.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #336 Mar 1993 (v.43#3) pg. 22

Tip explains how to put a replacement plug on an extension cord.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #364 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 (v.46#1) pg. 12

Tip: A fused 20-amp adaptor is tied into a clothes dryer circuit or the electric service box to provide a temporary source of electricity for tools during a remodeling project.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #17 Oct-Nov 1983 pg. 14

Tip: Position a switch-controlled outlet directly over a workbench. Use a short extension cord (pigtail) supported by a weight and pulley system to facilitate using power tools at your bench.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #25 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 16

Tip: Plastic 5-gallon bucket stores long extension cords.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #34 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 14

Tip: Color code your portable power tool cords when using several tools that share the same outlet.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #36 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 16

"Work tree" consists of swivel-base light fixtures, a shelf for fasteners and tools, and an electric-power outlet box all mounted on a 2x4 "trunk".
FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 24

Tip: Install a weathertight, four-outlet electric box in the gussetted end of a sawhorse.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #53 Apr-May 1989 pg. 28

Tip on protecting an extension cord by sheathing with an old rubber garden hose.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #76 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 30

Tip on using a flexible rubber plumbing connector and two hose clamps to keep multiple extension cords from pulling apart at the plugs.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #115 Apr-May 1998 pg. 30

Electric cord suspension arm. Wooden arm, fastened to a wall, but still free to swing, is used to support the electric cords of small hand tools such as drills or sanders.
FINE WOODWORKING #20 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 18

Tip on using a plasic bucket to store a long extension cord so that it will pull out without tangling.
FINE WOODWORKING #86 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 18

Tips on matching the correct extension cord to outdoor electrical power equipment.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jun-Jul 1994 (v.38#3) pg. 24

The power line interface. This article takes you through the AC line interface of a typical piece of audio equipment. Provides practical suggestions to achieve optimum performance and safety in anything you build that plugs into the wall.
GLASS AUDIO 6/2000 (v.12#6) pg. 26

How to replace a plug on a small appliance or lamp.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING May 1978 (v.186#5) pg. EC4

Tip: Handy extension cord holder to make from scrap plywood.
HANDY ANDY Feb 1979 (v.3#5) pg. 12

Portable electric outlet is made from an outlet box on the end of No. 18 flexible cord. Box is fastened to a round cover plate mounted on a L-shaped plywood bracket that can be screwed or clamped to a wall or bench top.
HOME MECHANIX #683 Mar 1985 (v.81) pg. 25

Safer electrical connections for plug-in power equipment. (1) Line splice with shrink tubing. (2) Replacing plug or socket ends.
HOME MECHANIX #726 Oct 1988 (v.84) pg. 22

Tip: How to prevent the power cords on portable electric tools from breaking at the point where they enter the housing.
HOMEOWNER May 1984 (v.9#4) pg. 8

Diagram shows how to tie the electrician's knot to keep a cord from pulling out of a plug.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1990 (v.15#2) pg. 66

Tips on how to select an extension cord to meet your needs. Includes a table of cord lengths and ampere ratings for 110-120 VAC tools.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #5 Spring 1977 (v.2#1) pg. 106

Simple wooden reel to store and carry heavy, long extension cords. Consists of two dowels, set at an angle, into a piece of wood with a handle cutout.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #7 Fall 1977 (v.2#3) pg. 127

Build a short extension cord with a built-in ground fault interrupter.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Oct 1979 (v.68#7) pg. 44

Simple wooden reel for storing short extension cords.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Jan 1981 (v.70#1) pg. 29

Extension cord reel. Wooden reel 12" square uses an electric box with 4 recepticals as the hub, around which you can wind many feet of extension cord.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #543 Aug 1973 (v.69) pg. 40

How to construct an electrical cord with four grounded plug outlets and a heavy-duty three way cord on a hang-up reel.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #587 Apr 1977 (v.73) pg. 165

Make your own power cord reel. Reel with crank will store 150-ft. extension cord.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #596 Jan 1978 (v.74) pg. 85

How to rewire a table lamp or floor lamp, replace a lampcord, add an in-line switch to the cord and replace the plug.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #644 Jan 1982 (v.78) pg. 44

Portable tool care. How to install a replacement line cord on a portable electric tool.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #674 Jun 1984 (v.80) pg. 101

How to rewire a two-pronged plug.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #677 Sep 1984 (v.80) pg. 22

Coffee can with plastic lids on each end protects the connection of two extension cords outdoors.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1986 (v.33#7) pg. 17

How to plan for overseas electrical supplies. An illustrated chart shows the normal electrical service available in 69 foreign locations and the various styles of plugs that are required.
PHOTO ELECTRONIC IMAGING Mar 1993 (v.36#3) pg. 16

How to tie the U.L. (Underwriters' Laboratories) knot to provide strain relief for electrical cords.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1990 (v.7#10) pg. 24

Extension-cord reel made from a movie film reel. Has built-in recepticle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1966 (v.126#2) pg. 164

Extension cord reel stores a long cord for easy unreeling or rewinding to any desired distance.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1972 (v.138#6) pg. 182

Workshop minicourse. How to replace an electrical plug.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1978 (v.150#1) pg. 94

Build this reel to store an electric mower power cord or a long extension cord. Built of wood, it is equipped with a crank and a large spike (to stick into the lawn). Holds 100-ft. of 2-16 cable.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1983 (v.159#5) pg. 73

Tip: Diagram shows how to bundle a rope (or extension cord) for storage.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1984 (v.161#1) pg. 58

Storage "reel" for electric cord is made from PVC pipe.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1985 (v.162#8) pg. 71

Make an extension cord fitted with a ground fault circuit interrupter.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1993 (v.170#12) pg. 71

What you should know about extension cords.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1968 (v.192#6) pg. 170

Long extension cord is readily available if coiled around an X-shaped tree fastened inside a plastic bucket with plug and extending through a hole cut near the bottom of the bucket.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1971 (v.198#6) pg. 114

Tip shows how to make a cord reel for 100 or more feet of heavy-duty electrical cord.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1977 (v.211#2) pg. 150

Tip: How to make a handy wooden holder to keep an extension cord coiled, letting out just the amount you need to use.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1979 (v.214#5) pg. 171

Extension cord holder is made from two coffee cans and some wood.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1984 (v.225#6) pg. 114

Simple reel made from wood for storing an extension cord.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1987 (v.231#1) pg. 106

Tip on using a chain of rubber bands to keep the electric cord of a power tool suspended from a ceiling hook and out of your way when working.
SHOPNOTES #15 May 1994 (v.3) pg. 29

Wood and hardboard protector (bridge) for electrical cords that cross the middle of a floor and could be stepped on.
SHOPNOTES #19 Jan 1995 (v.4) pg. 29

Hand reel for storing an extension cord is made from two dowels and two strips of plywood.
SHOPNOTES #44 Mar 1999 (v.8) pg. 4

Tip on using spark plug boots as strain reliefs on power tool cords.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #176 Mar 1991 (v.15#8) pg. 27

Tip: Five-gallon plastic bucket provides storage for an electric extension cord. A second bucket with tool belt pouches attached around the outside rim serves as a tool box.
SUNSET May 1987 (v.178#5) pg. 139

Tip shows a way to color-code tools and their power cords.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #49 Jan 1996 (v.9#1) pg. 5

Tip: Use a plastic jug to protect extension cord connectors from rain when used outdoors.
WOOD MAGAZINE #10 Apr 1986 (v.3#2) pg. 17

Tip: Install a hook on the end of your shop tool cords so they won't lay on the floor and be damaged.
WOOD MAGAZINE #12 Aug 1986 (v.3#4) pg. 16

Chain made from rubber bands keeps a power tool's cord up and out of the way.
WOOD MAGAZINE #51 Apr 1992 (v.9#3) pg. 23

Tip on color-coding electric cords on power tools.
WOOD MAGAZINE #58 Jan 1993 (v.10#1) pg. 12

Pivoting arm with single electric outlet in the center of a room keeps cords from portable power tools overhead and out of the way.
WOOD MAGAZINE #62 Aug 1993 (v.10#5) pg. 6

Make a timer-controller outlet box (extension cord) for use with tools that heat up (hot-melt glue gun, soldering iron, ...) to prevent accidental fires.
WOOD MAGAZINE #121 Feb 2000 (v.17#1) pg. 28

Tip on using an elastic armband to keep the power cord out of the way when operating portable tools.
WOOD MAGAZINE #121 Feb 2000 (v.17#1) pg. 31
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #125 Jul-Aug 2000 (v.17#5) pg. 12

Equip portable power tools with short pigtail power cords and twist-lock plugs.
WOODSMITH #89 Oct 1993 (v.15) pg. 5

Make an extension cord equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter.
WOODSMITH #92 Apr 1994 (v.16) pg. 29

Extension cord for your workshop slides along a taut cable above your workbench on shower curtain rings.
WOODSMITH #93 Jun 1994 (v.16) pg. 4

Tip shows how to use plastic electrical conduit as a ceiling mount to suspend an extension cord over a workbench.
WOODSMITH #104 Apr 1996 (v.18) pg. 5

Tip on protecting power cords and extension cords using lengths of PVC pipe.
WOODWORK #21 May-Jun 1993 pg. 18

Avoiding falls in your workshop. Includes tip on making wooden bridges to cover electrical cords.
WOODWORK #30 Dec 1994 pg. 71

Tip recommends bobbing the electric cords on power tools.
WOODWORK #43 Feb 1997 pg. 4

Tip on reducing the length of the power cord on portable tools. These short cords are then plugged into a common extension cord for use. The use of a short cord on the tool itself eliminates the twisting and kinking associated with long cords.
WOODWORKER Apr 1988 (v.92#4) pg. 324

Tip: Convert your portable power tools to use an overhead coiled supply cord to eliminate cable clutter.
WOODWORKER Sep 1989 (v.93#9) pg. 808

Tip on keeping a portable tool's power cord out of the way by means of an elastic band and hook attached to your arm.
WOODWORKER Jul 1992 (v.96#7) pg. 81

Tip on cutting down the power cord on portable tools and using a common extension cord to power each tool as needed.
WOODWORKER Nov 1994 (v.98#11) pg. 87

Tip: Make straps from "Velcro" to fasten around coiled-up electrical cords.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 49

Tip suggests how to use a bungee cord to keep a tool's electrical cord out of harm's way.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1997 (v.21#5) pg. 10

Repairing electric cords on appliances.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1966 (v.22#1) pg. 48

Tip: Attach an electrical receptical box to the leg of your sawhorse. Use an extension cord to deliver power to the box.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1983 (v.39#5) pg. 89

Tip shows how to coil a rope or extension cord so it will uncoil without twists in it.
WORKBENCH Feb 1997 (v.53#1) pg. 16

Tip on fitting an extension cord with a duplex outlet box that slips into mounting brackets conveniently located around a workshop.
WORKBENCH #255 Sep-Oct 1999 (v.55#5) pg. 16