Install a Retractable Extension Cord in Your Garage

A Safer and More Convenient Electrical Cord 

Like a lot of people, I do woodworking projects in my garage. For my miter saw, table saw, and other power tools, I had always used a regular old electrical cord (a "drop cord"). It worked, but it always ended up tangled on the floor and in my way. So, recently I started looking for a retractable extension cord reel that I could mount to my garage ceiling. The one I found has worked out really well. It's even portable! Thinking it might help other garage woodworkers, I made a video showing how to install the retractable extension cord reel I went with. You can see it and some photos from the installation below. 


Plugging in the Retractable Extension Cord into outlet in Garage Ceiling

I went with the Iron Forge Cable 40 ft retractable extension cord reel.

40-foot Iron Forge Cable Retractable Extension Cord Reel Rocks

After researching suggestions for a retractable extension cord reel, I ended up picking one by Iron Forge Cable. I considered the cord length so I can easily power equipment outside of the garage, heavier gauge, and price. The selling point on this particular one ended up being the ability and ease to take the reel off the mount if needed.

40 Ft Retractable Extension Cord Reel

  • 2 In 1 Mountable & Portable Power Cord Reel
  • 3 Electrical Outlets
  • 12/3 SJTW Heavy Duty Yellow Cable
  • Perfect for Hanging from Your Garage Ceiling

Video of Installing Retractable Extension Cord on Garage Ceiling

The video above is a silent time lapse video of me installing the Iron Forge Cable extension cord reel. It was pretty straight forward. Obviously, you do have to use a stud finderstud finderstud finder to find a ceiling joist to mount the reel to. But as the video shows, once the bracket is mounted, you can actually remove the reel. So, you could take it outside to another location in case you needed an extension cord there.  That's one of the reasons I went with the Iron Forge Cable extension cord reel

4 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Wall Detector

  • Locates studs, wood, metal, and AC wires
  • Prime shipping
  • LCD Display
Mountable and portable extension cord reel for your garage ceiling

Safer and Happier

I’m silly excited to have greatly reduced my chances of a face plant. And, before you get your boxers in a bunch about me using a barstool to install this upgrade, just know that my coordination on a barstool is far better than on any ladder. If you decide to put up a retractable extension cord reel in your garage (or somewhere else), please leave a comment below and tell folks which one you chose and how it worked out for you.

About the Author Corrine

Weekend woodworker learning new wood things here in the mitten state of Michigan. Find me on Instagram @woodwench and on Facebook at @woodwenchshop. I'm also a guest author here at

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