Protect Your Outdoor Extension Cords With This Brilliant Pool Noodle Hack From TikTok

While outdoor extension cords are specially designed to withstand the elements (depending on the type), it's always better to protect them if you can. Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive fix for this using a DIY pool noodle hack by @jmg8tor. Using just a pool noodle with a slit, you can protect your outdoor extension cords and prevent them from becoming risky to use down the line. This is also a great opportunity to use a noodle that you may otherwise throw away. 

If you often work outside or use a lot of decorative lighting, this is a handy tip to keep in your pocket. Even better, this hack is also incredibly versatile, as you should be able to fit it into any length of cable. Cheap, easy, and versatile — what more could you ask for? Here's how you can use a pool noodle to protect your outdoor extension cords.

How to use a pool noodle to protect your extension cords

For this hack, all you'll need is a pool noodle, a sharp knife or scissors, and your extension cord. Once you have your pool noodle, you first need to think about the length of the extension cord that you want to cover. With this in mind, cut your pool noodle accordingly. Now, all you need to do is insert a slit on one side down the center using either a knife or scissors. Then, insert your extension cord into your pool noodle using the slit you made earlier. This should make it much easier to open and remove your cord when you need to, rather than having to tug it out. Now, all that's left to do is let it work its magic while you use your extension cords outdoors.

The reason that this hack works so well is that the pool noodle covers the cord, helping to protect it from rain and other elements, as the foam used in pool noodles repels water. However, if you want to cover your entire cord over a long area, then you may need several pool noodles rather than one. Of course, you should also check that your extension cord isn't damaged before using this hack, as it could otherwise be dangerous.