Saving a power cord
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Photo 1: Slit and peel the jacket
Slice around the outer jacket about
3 in. on both sides of the damage.
Then slit the jacket down the center
and peel it off.
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Photo 2: Strip, twist and solder
Strip insulation off each wire. Then
twist the strands together and solder.
Solder each splice.
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Photo 3: Cover and shrink
Slide the shrinkable tubing over the
splices and outer jacket. Shrink the
tubing with a heat gun.
Got a nicked or cut power tool cord?
We’ll show you how to restore it to
“almost new” condition. You’ll need
heat shrinkable tubing in both small
and large diameters, a soldering gun
and rosin-core solder, a utility knife,
heat gun and wire strippers.
Start by removing a 6-in. section of
the outer jacket (Photo 1). Save it for
later use. Then cut all the wires and the
reinforcement cord. Slide a piece of
large-diameter heat shrinkable tubing
onto the cord and push it out of the way
Slide a small piece of heat shrinkable
tubing onto each wire. Stagger the
splices and solder (Photo 2). Let the
solder cool, then slide the tubing over
each splice and shrink it with a heat
Finish the job by reinstalling the outer
jacket. Then cover the entire patched area with the large tubing and shrink it (photo 3).