Vacuum Cleaner Cord Hook
Category: Household, Vacuum cleaner, cord storage, cord accessibility, garage, vac
Problem: Being 6’4”, it is a pain for me to bend down and wrap the cord around the built-in cord holders. Also, the cord that came with it meant that if I wanted to vacuum in my small house, I had to unplug it several times to go into different rooms so I also needed an extension connected.
Action: I created an add-on hook close to the handle, which meant that using the top hook and the bottom hook I could basically wrap the cord around and store it in half the time. However, the existing cord holders were not large enough to accommodate a longer cord. Since I wanted to add an extension cord, which I did, taping the ends together with duct tape where they attached, I then folded the cord back and forth over the hook, which is a trick I learned from my sailing instructor.
Result: The first result is I don’t have to bend over to store the cord. Second, I can store much more cord having the hook higher on the handle. Third, laying the cord from one side to the other means I can then drop the cord on the floor and pull it out without kinks, which is very important on a sailboat. I now can vacuum throughout my house without having to ever unplug my cord. When I go to put the vacuum cleaner back in the closet, since the loops of the cord are so large, it takes just a short time to put the cord back in the holders.
Additional Thoughts: Having a vacuum cleaner ready to go in an instant is really valuable when you have a dog that sheds a lot.
Current status: In use
Since it was originally done, I have actually attached a longer extension cord so I can continue on out to my porch. Further update: I have moved this cleaner to the garage where I use it in the non shop areas. For the house I purchased a small cordless vac that I really enjoy.