Saturday I went to Lowes and picked up new air filters for the house. The old filters were… they needed replacement badly. While there the lightbulb went off and I picked up the following.
- 1 – Utilitech 10-Outlet surge protector. It’s 42″ long.
- 1 – 4′ x 4′ pegboard cut into 1 feet strips. I only used one strip.
- 2 – packs of screws and nuts
- 1 – pack of Stanley elbow brackets
The elbow brackets were bent into shape with just a little gentle persuasion. I mounted them on the pegboard and attached strips of rubber shower liner to make sure I did not scratch up the desk.
Yes, it is my desk but if I damaged it I’d have faced some serious adult supervision.
With the metal brackets safely rubberized I hung the board off the back of my desk and started attaching all the junk from the floor.
The results came out OK. I’d love to tie up all of the power, USB and ethernet cables but I do move things on my desk so that’s not a good idea. If I ever have to take it apart I’ll put the new power strip on the top. Right now it bows out a little and the 42 inch long surge protector would prevent that.
It’s really too bad I did not take a before picture of that cable and outlet horror show. It cried out “Fire hazard!” every time I looked at it. I had one of those 2 pronged monsters on the wall outlet that made the 2 plugs into 6 outlets. Power cables and junk just littered the floor and I meant to fix it years ago.
How many years ago? The article that inspired me was this one. It’s not a new idea but I’m glad I got around to it.
Thank you for the tip, *the photo of the actual setup*, and the link to the original site!
I’ve been needing this tip and didn’t even know it until now. The reason I need the cords off the floor is it would make it sooo much easier to vacuum-clean or sweep the floor, without needing to hold the cords up with the other hand!
…Wheels on my furniture would help with that too… …but getting off original topic now…
Thanks again for the tip!
February 4, 2015 — 9:10 pm
Jan Dembowski says:
You are entirely welcome. 🙂
The new setup is easier for me and I can safely walk behind my desk. The downside is that now that I have easier access to my plugs and USB hub I’ve put more equipment on my desk than ever before… 🙁
February 9, 2015 — 7:49 am