One relatively minor thing that can make a nice room look disheveled is exposed cables and cords (well, that, and a hungover friend sleeping over on the couch. Ruins the picture every time.). Unfortunately, cable, phone and electric outlets aren’t always situated where we’d like them to be. This often means that a snake of cables from the wall outlet to your electronics is necessary. People can deal with it in a number of ways; just let them sit there, ready to be tripped on; staple them to your baseboard (which, if you’re not careful enough, can cause damage to the cord that can actually be quite dangerous); or use little sticker hooks to keep them in a spot on the floor or wall (I am, of course, referring to cables and cords – not your hungover friend on the couch). Read More
I’m sure we’ve all been in this position: You’re working on a home improvement project that requires a bit of power – a good light source, a drill, your mitre saw, a shop-vac and of course, a mini fridge to keep the beer nice and cold. You’ve grabbed your surge protector or power cord to get everything set up, only to discover that you can’t plug everything into it – and it’s not because they’re aren’t enough sockets, but because some of the tools have those irritatingly large AC adapters that cover up neighboring sockets, making half of the outlets hidden and useless. I’ve sometimes resorted to connecting an existing power cord to another power cord, resulting in a Frankenstein-esque power block, not entirely unlike the amazing fire-hazard featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.