I particularly hate this situation where you can’t take advantage of your digital gadgets, as well as electronic ones, for lack of an extension cord. To remedy this, I decided to make one myself. Let me guide you!
Make your own extension cords
One of the big drawbacks with extension cords sold in stores is that their lengths are often limited, at least the affordable items, thus limiting their use, but especially also their usefulness. And isn’t the role of an extension cord above all to help out if necessary.
Otherwise, as soon as you look for an extension cord with a more or less acceptable length, these models are simply overpriced and are therefore not within reach of modest budgets. However, it is difficult to do without this essential home accessory, which we use to connect our household appliances, household appliances or even computers, without forgetting useful gardening tools, such as the lawnmower for example or the hedge trimmer.
As far as I am concerned, I have stopped looking in hardware stores and specialized shops for the extension cord model that offers a good quality/price ratio, namely: a very good length, but at a reasonable cost. Thus, by comparing the cost of an extension cord of fifteen to thirty meters, with the sum obtained by the addition of the prices of the elements necessary to manufacture one, I realized that assembling oneself its extension cord is cheaper. Since then, I have learned to make this accessory myself and the advantage is that I am free to choose the length I want.
A short guide to making an extension cord
Before going to buy the parts for the manufacture of the extension cord, first define the use of it. So ask yourself questions about the sockets you will regularly plug it into, how often it is used, without forgetting the types of devices that will be plugged into the extension cord.
You will be able to choose two-pole or two-pole + earth electrical socket tips. You will also have the option of opting for angled or straight sockets, allowing the wire to exit downwards when the socket is plugged in or straight out.
For a grounded outlet, you will need wire cutters, a screwdriver, a three-wire cable, as well as a grounded male plug and a grounded female plug. Thread the cable onto the male plug, then strip the ends of the three wires using the wire cutters. The blue or black wire (neutral) and red (phase) will be screwed onto each of the parallel terminals of the socket, while the third, generally green-yellow (earth), will be connected to the lug in the middle. Replace the cover and then with the screwdriver to secure the cover. Do the same operation on the female socket.
For an ungrounded outlet, it’s the same but there are only two wires: blue (or black) and red.