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Offline ryanb9

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Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:45:58 pm »
Things like my dremel tool have a long cord and I would like a desktop auto-reel that declutters my work bench. Any ideas of where I can find one? I have looked but I can only find very big ones meant for heavy duty type stuff such as this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Ft-Retractable-Spring-Loaded-Auto-Rewind-Outlet-Cord-Reel-Indoor-Extension/123348629023?hash=item1cb826b61f:g:xmcAAOSw-ABbjPwk

But my dremel cord is like 3-6 feet long, so the use case doesn't match up. What do you guys do to solve this problem?

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2019, 09:42:28 pm »
I have not seen a reel for small cords.  How about a festoon arrangement on something like a shower curtain rod with slide hooks.
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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 10:54:07 pm »
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 01:20:16 am »
Would need to rewire it so socket was on the end.
But being cheap and from china you'd probably want to open it any check it out inside anyway.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000117359463.html


« Last Edit: September 10, 2019, 01:23:21 am by Psi »
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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2019, 04:51:13 pm »
Would need to rewire it so socket was on the end.
But being cheap and from china you'd probably want to open it any check it out inside anyway.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000117359463.html

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 05:04:33 pm »
They make rotary tools with batteries now. Just an FYI.
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2019, 05:25:50 pm »
Get one of those retractable reels used for ID badges that people need to scan all the time (e.g. anyone working with prescriptions in hospitals or pharmacies). Attach it to an appropriate spot on the cord with a zip-tie.

Or you can go even simpler and zip-tie a string to it. Route the string over a eye hooks or pulleys and weight the other end. Same effect as a retractable reel.
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2019, 06:09:42 pm »
Get one of those retractable reels used for ID badges that people need to scan all the time (e.g. anyone working with prescriptions in hospitals or pharmacies). Attach it to an appropriate spot on the cord with a zip-tie.

Or you can go even simpler and zip-tie a string to it. Route the string over a eye hooks or pulleys and weight the other end. Same effect as a retractable reel.

The dremel power cord is much bigger than that. I have an employee id zip badge but the entire thing is smaller than the piece of the cord that plugs into the wall! >.<

The tool is on a shelf above work bench at eye level and there is no space in the back behind it (the wall is behind it) otherwise that would work.
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2019, 08:29:43 pm »
They make dog leashes in reel form as well. I suspect those would be heavy-duty enough.

Or maybe a lightweight bungee cord of the right length would do it.
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2019, 11:33:28 pm »
 

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Re: Small cord auto-reel -- do they exist?
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2019, 04:01:44 am »
Many irons (the kind used on clothing) come with a retracting reel.  Perhaps something could be hacked from these.
 


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