Overhead Extension Cord

This pivoting conduit puts an extension cord over your head rather than under your feet. When it’s not in use, it stays flat to the wall.

The Family Handyman

Mounted on a wall near your workbench, this pivoting conduit puts an extension cord over your head rather than under your feet. When it’s not in use, it stays flat to the wall. It’s also a great place to hang a spring-clamp shop light to light up your projects.

To make one, bend a length of 1/2-in. diameter electrical conduit ($2 for a 10-ft. length at a home center) into a 90-degree angle with a conduit bender or against a board with a curved edge. Screw two No. 2 eye screws about 2 ft. apart on a scrap board or into an exposed wall stud. Slide the conduit into the eye screws, using a 1/2-in. compression coupling on the conduit above the top eye screw to set the desired height. It also acts as a stop to keep the conduit from slipping down. Now you can temporarily attach the cord with Velcro strips so you’ll be able to remove it quickly when you need it some other place. P.S. It helps to file out the flange inside the coupling with a rattail file so it slides smoothly on the conduit. Thanks to Rick Dupre for this you-can-doit tip

Plus: How to repair a broken extension cord.

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