If you’re tired of constantly untangling and tripping over your extension cord, try turning a 5-gallon plastic bucket into this handy cord caddy.

  1. Start by using a 1½” diameter hole saw to drill through the side of the bucket near the bottom.
  2. Next, insert the pronged end of the cord through the hole from the inside.
  3. Store the remainder of the cord in the bucket.
  4. To use, place the bucket near an electrical outlet and plug the end of the cord that extends through the hole into the outlet. (It’s a good idea to spread the cord out during use to keep it from overheating.)
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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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