Extension Cord Tips

A durable three-pronged extension cord is essential for any workshop. Here are a few extension cords and accessories available on the market.

Regular two-pronged extension cords should be used only with light-duty appliances. A durable three-pronged extension cord is needed when working with power tools.

circuit breaker has 4 outlets and retractable cord

circuit breaker has 4 outlets and retractable cord

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GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) extension cords protect plugs from water. The circuits automatically cut off when moisture is in the air. A GFCI box can be purchased separately as an accessory to an extension cord.

The all-in-one circuit breaker has four outlets and a retractable cord measuring anywhere from 20 feet to 40 feet.

To prevent power-tool cords from pulling away from extension cords, tie the connected ends of the two cords in a square knot. Place an extension connector box around the connected ends of the cords to secure them. Or use rope or garbage-bag ties to hold the two cords together.

Store extension cords properly to prevent them from becoming a tangled mess. Just wrap the cord around a paper-towel core, or use a special wheel designed for use with extension cords.

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