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    Default Extension Cord Storage

    As I get farther and farther in to this addiction, it's becoming more clear that I need to start planning for storage. I've got over 150 extension cords of different and common sizes and gauges. I'm sure that total will grow.

    How do you store your cords? I'm thinking about some sort of spool type method. If you've built something, please share some pics and/or ideas.

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    I read somewhere here (on DIYC) that a user makes various lengths (5', 10', 20', 30', etc.) and never makes custom length extension cords. I like this idea quite a bit -- it would make storage and selection simple. I think I'm going to re-make mine this year.
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    I actually take a different approach. My entire show is led and draws very little power. I have a ring of spt-2 around my yard. My yard doesn't change shape. So I have two cords made to go down my driveway. One on either side. I also have a few branch cords that go to other fixed things. Then I just tap those with inline taps as needed. All of my props are either pixel based with local power supplies, or have SSRs built into them. I don't have more than one ac cord going to any one piece. None of my props are more than 15' from the main power legs or one of the major branches. And my front yard is 100' wide by 130' deep. The goal is to keep the AC cords to a minimum for me.


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    I have 2 18gal rubbermaid tubs. One for 40ft and less, the other for longer. On one side of the plug both ends I mark the length (15ft). The other side of the plug I number them in the order I buy them. So I can look at one end and find the other end. In the tubs I just coil and tywrap them. The tubs get heavy, add more tubs rather than bigger tubs if needed.
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    I use the 20 gal clear tubs. I keep most of must of my stuff in the clear tubs. Makes it easier to store if all are the same size and you can see what is in each one. I can also print on regular paper what is in each one and stick it on the inside. As for cords, I sort my 40' and less in one, 50' and above in another, my multi-outlet cables in one more, and the last holds my short runs, triple-taps, and day/night timers.

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    Most of my extension cords are SPT2 with vampire plugs but very few are loose. I bundle multiple extension cords and even cat5 cables together with cable ties making a harness for each prop or multiple props. My row of 10 mini trees is powered by a SS24 so that harness has 10 extension cords all at the right length for each tree location. My row of 6 arches is powered by 2 Dirkcheap SSRs mounted to each arch. I have 2 harnesses for the arches, each one has a SPT extension cord with inline female plugs and 6 cat5 cables for data. I set out the props, lay down the power/data harness, then make the connections and I'm done. For storage I coil the harnesses up into large coils and pack them in large flip-top totes. I also label each harness with a carpet tag for identification.

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    I bought a garbage can on wheels for my 40-50 extension cords (I used to have a couple LOR 16-channel boxes) and store them outside (and out of sight) on the side of the house. I no longer use them but may use them for DC power feeds since they're just taking up space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbackus View Post
    I read somewhere here (on DIYC) that a user makes various lengths (5', 10', 20', 30', etc.) and never makes custom length extension cords. I like this idea quite a bit -- it would make storage and selection simple. I think I'm going to re-make mine this year.
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