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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 2012, 9:58 am Thread Starter
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I've been looking for a relatively light weight retracting device (similar to an air hose reel) for me battery tender. I'm interested in mounting it to the ceiling above where I park my GT so it's easy to pull down and retract when not using it. I found a fishing option, but the tether is too short and it has no ratchet tool. I've looked at many options in the Portland/Vancouver area with no success. Anybody have success in finding something like that? Thanks for any feedback/suggestions.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2012, 4:58 pm
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Why use a reel?

If you take the wire across the underside of the roof and down one wall through a small pulley wheel or even an eye bolt, then put a small weight on the end, it will take itself up to the roof when you let it go. If you want it dangling down a bit, just put a stop in the wire. You should use a wire with good flexibility and lots of strands.

That's a lot simpler and more reliable than a rotating plastic cassette with springs to go wrong and tensions to set up. I've been using that trick with a heavier weight on a hinged trap door to my roof for 20 years.



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I agree with the last reply regarding this question. Simple and a little MC Giverish works all the time. Think about a good tool bag. It should have every thing from high tech to chewing gum in the foil.
Regarding the fishing thought; There are some self reeling fly reals made in the sixty's marketed by Penny's you can find on E bay that will handle the wire for the three amps required for maintenance;
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