Power from Above: Just 15 Amps

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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 07-08-2012 07:04 AM 4179 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Iirration is the real mother of invention. I have a lot of stationary equipment stuffed in a large, detached garage work shop. The shop only has two 15 amp outlets, one on the back wall, the other on the ceiling for the garage door opener. I used to crawl around on the floor plugging and unpluggings tools in a tangle of heavy power cords. “What the hell doz zat goto??”

Enter my unpatented PowerWacker! (Info-mercial moment!!!) Now, power is conveniently fed from the celing into the middle of my L-shaped arrangement of stationery tools. I can move from TS, to BS, CMS, Planer, etc. without fighting the tangle. And my vac-automator isn’t getting kicked around on the floor. Special features? Pull the handle up and it’s easy to move. Push it down and the entire building explodes. Good enough for now, makes me laugh. I will adequately wire the garage when it isn’t the dead of summer and causing the collapse of the Midwest’s power grid will be less disruptive.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 11:12 AM

Nice Solution. I have a couple of extension cords plugged in at various place around the shop that I have to switch out a number of tools on as well so I hear ya.

A belated welcome to LJ.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 12:58 PM

I feel your frustration my friend! My “shop” is in an attached garage and has 2 outlets as well. On the plus side, my TS is on wheels and my planer isn’t TOO heavy to move. On the negative side, if I want to run my TS out of one of the outlets (the one next to my “workbench”) I have to unplug the garage refrigerator or blow the breaker. Some day I will get the rewiring done as well, but here in Omaha, NE it’s been 100+ every day for the last 3 weeks!

EDITED: Just looked at your profile and noticed you are out in Lincoln…guess you didn’t need an explanation of the temps in Omaha.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:12 PM

I remember the day where my shop just ran off of one outlet. you came up with a good fix.


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#4 posted 07-08-2012 03:16 PM

You need the new Veg-O-Matic amperage multiplier box. Just plug one end into a 15 amp outlet and the other end converts into a 150 amp panel that never trips a circuit breaker.

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