Extension Cord Repair: How To Fix a Cut or Frayed Extension Cord
Extension cords are an essential part of any home. They’re used to power a variety of appliances and to extend existing power outlets. Extension cords are also prone to wear and tear, so it’s critical to know how to repair a cut or frayed extension cord.
This post will share our step-by-step guide on repairing a cut or frayed extension cord. Next, we’ll review the safety precautions and tools you need to do the job. We’ll also explain when it’s time to replace your cord. With these tips, you can safely repair your worn-out extension cord so it looks new.
Before beginning any repair work on an extension cord, you should carefully inspect it for any signs of damage that could make the repair unsafe. If there is any indication of melted insulation or exposed wires, discard the extension cord because it poses a risk of electrical shock. The extension cord is still salvageable if the cut in the insulation has not damaged the wires within.
If you determine the cord is salvageable, you must gather all the necessary resources for the repair work. You should have experience working with electrical wiring or have help from someone with such experience for safety purposes. You will need a wire stripper, a wire crimping tool, a replacement plug, and heat shrink tubing.
Prepping the Cord
You must purchase a replacement plug compatible with your extension cord’s size and type of wiring. Before purchasing, check the label on the old plug for information about what kind of plug you need to replace it so that it fits securely and does not pose a shock hazard.
Once you have purchased your replacement plug, you may repair the extension cord. Use your wire strippers to strip away a short stretch of insulation from each wire to expose the bare copper at each end. Ensure no wires are connected or touching each other at this time by gently tugging on each one separately to ensure they are secure within their insulation sleeves. If the ends are loose after tugging on them, use electrical tape to secure them back into place before continuing with repairs.
Repairing the Cord
The next step is to attach each end of the cord’s wires to their corresponding connections on the new plug using your wire crimping tool. The colors of each wire should correspond with the markings on the plug. Double-check that all connections are secure before proceeding with repairs by pulling gently on each wire again and ensuring no wires have come loose during this process.
Once all connections are secure between each wire and their corresponding connection point on the new plug, use some electrical tape to wrap around each connection point individually for extra security. The final step in repairing your extension cord is to securely attach the plug using the screws provided with it and make sure they fit tightly.
After finishing your repairs, test your connection by plugging in a low-voltage device to your extension cord. This test will ensure that your repair job meets safety standards. If your extension cord can handle your test, it is ready to use in your home again.
Repairing a cut or frayed extension cord is easy with the right tools, resources, and knowledge. It is crucial to practice safety first and foremost. Do not attempt a repair unless you are sure you can do it safely and are confident in your ability. If in doubt, it is always better to replace the cord entirely. By following these steps, you can save time and money by restoring an extension cord that has become damaged and avoid unnecessary accidents or injuries.