ORLAND PARK, IL – For as long as there have been extension cords, people have been plugging the cords together and trying to figure out ways to keep those exposed connections protected from water and weather. Now they can forget about wrapping those extension cord plug connections in duct tape or plastic bags.
“I finally got tired of seeing my wife duct-taping our holiday light cord connections together, which always failed to keep the lights on,” said Bryan Nooner, inventor of a new product called Twist and Seal. “Leaving extension cords exposed to the elements isn’t safe and taping them just does not work, so it was time someone solved that problem.”
Nooner is a self-proclaimed “science guy” who was a high school biology teacher in the 1980s. Since then he became a successful businessman who owns several construction-related companies. He started doing sketches of a product that would snap over the junction of two electrical cords. The sketches became product prototypes, then CAD renderings, and then manufactured product samples.
The product’s name—Twist and Seal—was derived from the way the device works. The foam on the inside of the unit is slightly larger than the plastic housing on the outside. As you push the shell together around two joined extension cord plugs and twist it, the foam compresses down to create a radial compression around the cord.
Even though Nooner had never brought a product to market before, he learned that the National Hardware Show, an industry trade show held every May in Las Vegas, was the place to introduce the product. He loaded up his Chevy Suburban with product samples and drove from Chicago to Las Vegas, not knowing what to expect.
The reaction to Twist and Seal was swift and extremely positive. Twist and Seal won the Silver Award for the Most Innovative Product of 2012. The inventor was soon talking to product buyers from Home Depot, Do It Best, Ace Hardware and many other top retailers.
Why was Twist and Seal the hit of the National Hardware Show? Twist and Seal provides outdoor weather protection for electrical cord connections all year long. It’s perfect for keeping cord connections safe and dry in any outdoor setting, including near pool pumps, ponds and water fountains. Using a Twist and Seal keeps electrical connections dry during the holiday lighting season. At construction sites and in any remote power situation, using a Twist and Seal will keep extension cord connections safe and dry.
The heavy-duty, weather-proof Twist and Seal sells for $8.95 at participating Walmart, Do It Best, Ace Hardware and other fine stores, or order online at www.twistandseal.com. For more information, call (888) 945-4545.