The retractable cord apparatus includes a frame sized to be positioned and attached within the wall space by way of an opening formed in the wall, a door pivotally connected to the frame and an electric power cord
. A spool for extending and retracting the electric power cord is connected to an inside of the door such that the spool has an axis of rotation perpendicular to the door and is sized to fit within the frame.
Electrical extension cords (also known simply as extension cords) are commonly used to supply electrical power to a remote location, i.e., to a place away from an electrical outlet, such as for electrical appliances and tools. Common problems associated with electrical extension cords and their use include tangling of the cord, difficulty extending the cord, difficulty retracting and storing the cord and unsightliness of cords and their storage containers.
Such devices typically include a spool for winding an electrical extension cord. The spool, which may be disposed in a housing, often includes a spring-loaded mechanism to aid in winding and unwinding the extension cord. Other prior art devices use a manually rotatable spool to wind the electrical extension cord.
For example, prior art electrical extension cord devices generally are not adapted to be mounted flush with a wall, are inconvenient, difficult to use, unstable and unsightly.There is the need for a retractable electrical extension cord apparatus which will conveniently, easily and efficiently extend, retract and store an electric extension cord, which is stable and which can be mounted substantially flush with a wall such that the spool and extension cord can be concealed in the wall. Therefore, there is the more general need for improved electrical power cord apparatus.
It includes a frame sized to be positioned and attached within the wall space by way of an opening formed in the wall, a door pivotally connected to the frame and an electric power cord. The retractable electric power cord apparatus also includes a spool for extending and retracting the electric power cord connected to an inside of the door and sized to fit within the frame, wherein the electric power cord is connected to and wound on the spool.
Thus, the present invention is well adapted to carry out the objects and attain the ends and advantages mentioned as well as those inherent therein. While preferred embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated for the purpose of the present disclosure, changes in the arrangement and construction of parts and the performance of steps can be made by those skilled in the art.
The retractable electric power cord
apparatus of the present invention is adapted to be mounted substantially flush with a wall and includes a frame sized to be received in an opening in a wall within a wall space between a pair of vertical studs forming the wall, a hinge attached to the frame, a door attached to the hinge such that the door is pivotal with respect to the frame and an electric power cord for conveying electrical power from a plug end to a receptacle end.