I particularly hate this situation where you can’t take advantage of your digital gadgets, as well as electronics, 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 more importantly also their usefulness. And isn’t the role of an extension cord above all to troubleshoot when needed.
Otherwise, as soon as you are looking for an extension cord with a roughly acceptable length, these models are simply overpriced and therefore not within the reach of modest budgets. However, it is difficult to do without this essential home accessory, which we use both to connect our household appliances, household or computer, not to mention the tools useful for gardening, such as the lawn mower for example or the hedge trimmer.
As far as I’m concerned, I stopped looking in hardware stores and specialist shops for the extension model that offers good value for money, namely: a very good length, but at a reasonable cost. Thus, by comparing the cost of an extension of fifteen to thirty meters, with the sum obtained by adding the prices of the elements necessary to make one, I realized that to assemble it 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 parts for the manufacture of the extension cord, first define the use of the latter. So ask yourself questions about the outlets you will regularly connect it to, its frequency of use, not to mention the types of devices that will be plugged into the extension cord.
You can thus choose two-pole or two-pole + earth socket ends. You will also have the option of opting for angled or straight plugs, allowing the wire to exit downwards when the plug 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 male earth socket and a female earth socket. Thread the cable on the male plug, then strip the ends of the three wires using the wire cutters. The blue or black (neutral) and red (live) wire will screw onto each of the socket’s parallel terminals, while the third, usually yellow green (earth), will plug into the lug in the middle. Replace the cover and then use the screwdriver to secure the cover. Do the same operation on the female socket.
For a socket without earth, it is identical but there are only two wires: blue (or black) and red.