Flashlight stand made from electrical cable.
DIY flashlight stand made from electrical cable.

To make a stand to aim a flashlight hands-free while working:

  1. Cut a piece of electrical wire about 2’ long.
  2. Wrap the wire around the flashlight.
  3. Bend each end of the wire to form legs.
  4. Stand the flashlight up and point the light where needed.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: This is not a tip about how to use a flashlight, right? I mean, you don’t need my help with that. That’s how you use a flashlight. But this is how you can enhance the use of your flashlight with a length of electrical cable.

Here’s a piece Romex that I cut about two-feet long or so. What you can do with it is wrap it around the flashlight and twist it tight. And then you can bend it, bend the cable to form legs. Now you can aim the light exactly where you need it. See that? Just like that. And you can aim it down low or up high. It all depends on how you bend the cable itself, which form little legs.

Now, this is great if you keep a flashlight in your car, and you have to change a tire at night and need both hands free. Or if you do a lot of work under a sink, a kitchen sink, or you’re doing plumbing work. And you have your hands—you’re lying on your back—you have the tools in your hands.

And the other nice thing is you can leave the cable on the flashlight, bend little hooks into them. And then you can just hang it in your shop, and it’s ready whenever you are.

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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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