In this article and supplementary video I share what I consider to be the best way to wrap an extension cord. It all starts with a scenario that may be very familiar to you. You need a long extension cord to use an electric tool like a lawnmower or a hedge trimmer, and find that the cord is a mess. All twisted and full of knots!
While apprenticing, I remember being told in no uncertain terms, “Do not hammer in your cable staples too tight!” While it seemed obvious that you don’t want to smash them in hard enough to damage the cable, what harm could it do if you make it just a bit too tight?
For various reasons, extension cords can become damaged. Maybe you accidentally rolled the electric lawnmower over it causing some major damage, or maybe you drove over it with the car causing only slight damage like a nick in the outer insulation.
If the rest of cord is in good condition (other than this new damage), here’s the options for repair:
This informative video demonstrates how to use an electrical meter to troubleshoot a common wiring problem – identifying which wires to connect to a new fixture.
Here is a perfect example of a situation where a meter is an invaluable tool, and tips on how to use it. You removed a ceiling fixture to replace it with a new one, and in the process you took apart all the wiring splices, and now you can’t remember how to connect them all back together.