This was the rationale Homer Simpson used when adding horn buttons everywhere in the car he designed for his long-lost brother, the head of a major automaker.
The episode came to mind as I was installing a power bar over the central work table in my shop:
I’ll never say “You can never find an outlet when I need one.”
This monster is a six-foot long Tripp Lite 24-outlet power strip (part PS7224, and ordered via Amazon). I’ve mounted it to the bulkhead that contains the ductwork for our heating system – making a virtue out of a necessity. It installed in about five minutes, using butterfly toggle bolts.
The power strip has a 15-foot cord, which would stretch right across the shop. To keep things tidy, I plugged it into the outlet I plan to use, then mounted some rope tie-backs on the bulkhead – spaced so that the cord would stay up out of the way while still reaching the outlet:
Most of the time, I’ll leave it unplugged, but I can unwind one loop of the cord to plug it in when I’m ready for power.
(Thanks to my friend Chris Abbott for finding this one for me!)