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Jul 08 2011

10 Power Cords That Are Always in the Way

 

The convenience of electric appliances is great, but those darn power cords can be a problem. They’re always getting tangled up, hooked on things, knocking stuff over, tripping you up and coming unplugged. More and more items are now available in cordless varieties, like phones and power drills, but here are ten things with power cords that are always getting in the way.

  1. Vacuum cleaner – The worst power cord offender in my book is the vacuum cleaner. The cord is always getting tangled around chairs and other furnishings. Then just when you’re trying to reach into the farthest corner of the room, they come unplugged.
  2. Trouble light – You can use a flashlight to see into dark places, but if you need your hands free to work on something, you’ll probably want to use a trouble light. The reason they’re called “trouble” lights is because the power cord is nothing but trouble. It’ll get caught in the creeper wheels when you’re working under a car and leave you in the dark when it comes unplugged.
  3. Electric cooker – Crock pots, electric fry pans, deep fryers and any other kitchen appliance you cook with will have a bothersome power cord. It’ll either be in the way on the counter top or getting hooked on a cupboard door or stuck in a drawer.
  4. Electric mixer – You’ll have the same problem with a hand held electric mixer. The cord is always knocking stuff over on the counter and getting caught on something. When your ingredients go flying, you really have a mess.
  5. Curling irons and blow dryers – Trying to do your hair with either one of these can be maddening. The power cord is always draped across the sink and getting hooked on the faucet plus your makeup and perfume continually gets knocked over.
  6. Iron – The power cord from and iron is not only in the way, it’s downright dangerous. Never leave an iron plugged in when small children are around. Even if it’s not hot, you don’t want them pulling an iron down on top of their little heads.
  7. Space heater – It seems like there’s no place you can put a space heater that the power cord isn’t in the way. If someone trips over it there could be a fire hazard if it doesn’t automatically shut off.
  8. Fan – You’ll find the same problem with electric fans. In order to get the air moving in the right direction that darn power cord is always in the wrong place.
  9. Power tools – Some power saws and electric drills are cordless because the ones with cords are a real pain in the rear. It’s difficult to work when you’re dragging a power cord around everywhere you go. People are always tripping over them and they never quite reach into those tight spots.
  10. Extension cord – Of course the worst culprit of all is the dreaded extension cord. Most appliances come with such short cords that you can’t use them without an extension cord. Then you inevitably have a cord that’s too long and gets in the way.

This list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Maybe these power cords wouldn’t be such a problem if I weren’t such a klutz or maybe I need to pay more attention to what I’m doing. Come to think of it, power cords wouldn’t be half the problem if you could ever find an electric outlet where you need one.

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