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Prevents Tangles In Extension Cords
Carol A. Brannaman, Mount Vernon, Iowa: Preventing tangles in extension cords has never been easier, thanks to this idea Carol came up with after she hauled away a pickup-full of old V-belts from a neighbor's farm sale.
"A few days later, I had to get an extension cord from our shop and, of course, came away with two that were tangled together. Then, it struck me that looping a V-belt through cords like a rubber band could pre-vent tangles. It worked so well I rescued all those old belts from our burn pile. In the seven or eight months since I discovered it, I've used the belts to hang dozens of cords and have even hung garden hoses with them. I've discovered 1/2-in. thick V-belts (not too badly worn and with some pliability left in them) work best."

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2