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In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show other uses for an old hose reel.


1. Use an old garden-hose reel to hold extension cords, air hoses, or rope.

2. Mark the center of an extension cord with a strip of tape.

3. Hook the center of the cord—not its end—onto the hose reel.

4. Slowly turn the hand crank to roll the extension cord onto the reel.

5. Pull on both ends of the cord and dispense as much cord as you need.