You have equipment - you need to power it! This little tip is one that we find so useful, we can't imagine how we did without: being able to turn an entire outlet strip on and off, easily without having to reach behind some machinery on the floor.

For example, if you have a laser cutter and a filter, you need to make sure that the filter is turned on whenever the laser cutter is used. Once in a while, we'd forget to turn on the filter, and 3 minutes later the room would smell of acrylic. Yuk! After trying signs, notes, and beatings we just bought this awesome (but sadly a little expensive) outlet with remote switch (McMaster #69565K21 / Wiremold UL207RSBC) The switch is lightweight and easily mounts anywhere, the actual button itself is lit when the power is on which is a nice extra.

Now we never forget to turn on the filter with the lasercutter because both are just controlled by a single switch. We like this solution because we can keep the power wiring hidden away - unlikely to be tripped over or accidentally unplugged/ turned off.

This guide was first published on Jul 17, 2013. It was last updated on Jul 17, 2013.

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