Learning From a Retractable Extension Cord Reel Restoration

My brother gave me this reel, which I think he got from an estate sale.

My garage only has an outlet on the wall by the house and one in the ceiling by the garage door opener, so this will come in handy as a quick way to get power anywhere in the garage. There really wasn’t much to restoring it. I cleaned it up, gave it some paint, and put a new grounding cord outlet on it.


I love bringing things like this back to life because we’ve become too quick to discard things. Taking stuff apart also allows me to learn. I’ve often wondered how the wiring worked in a retractable mechanism like this. It’s pretty cool. I bet if I took apart my small wet/dry floor vacuum, the retractable cord in there would be built similar to this. Now I’m curious how retractable air hoses work!

There’s always a risk of breaking something when taking it apart though and that’s exactly what happened to me. The spring snapped when I would it up in the wrong direction. I was able to fix it by cutting the spring, drilling a new hole, and using a nail as a rivet. Hopefully it lasts.

I put everything back together and hung it in the garage.

Last Sign of Winter?

I noticed this little bit of remaining ice in the front of my house, where the snow had been piled from shoveling and it doesn’t get any sun. Hopefully this is the last sign of winter. I’m ready for some golf.

Spring is Here

Monday – Went biking and watched the NCAA Championship game with friends.

Tuesday – Went golfing for the first time this year. It’s the earliest I’ve ever golfed in a season.

Wednesday – Went out to eat at Hooter’s with friends.

Spring is definitely here and I love it. It’s my favorite season of the year. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities.

The Season of Growth


It’s finally here.

Yesterday the temperature reached into the 60s. The sun was shining, people were smiling, and you could smell spring in the air. I decided to take advantage of the day by getting out my bike. I headed out to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail where I planned to ride for an hour. As I pulled in, the parking lot was pretty full for a March night. One family even brought out three horses to enjoy the weather.

It felt great to breathe the fresh air and get a little exercise.

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