More and more tools these days are cordless, but from time to time you still need to plug a tool in. That usually leads to an extension cord strung across the garage or workshop floor which in turn leads to someone inevitably tripping over it. To solve this problem, we’ve created a power station that swings down from the ceiling in the middle of the room – right where we need it. We mount a multi-outlet power strip to a 1×4 and attach it to the side of a ceiling joist with a wood screw. At the other end a small cleat that swings back and forth holds the strip up when not in use. The power strip is connected to an extension that safely runs overhead, and our shop is now in business.

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Joe Truini

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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