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Effective Ways to Repair Electrical Cords

 

 

Electrical cords get damaged sometimes, and you might make the mistake of replacing the entire cable, while a simple repair could have done the magic. There are effective ways to make your cords appear as good as new, and you can implement them at home. However, it would help if you observed safety since most of the strategies are suited for low voltage cords such as headphones, game console cords, and phone chargers. 

 

Besides, ensure that you unplug the cord before repairing the cord. Here are some practical ways that will help save on cash. 

 

  • By Heat Shrinking

 

Heat shrinking is a long term solution to damaged cords, and you only need to apply some silicone adhesive on the region where the cable meets the connectors. Slip the tube onto the cord before the silicon dries, then remove the excess silicon and hold the tubing firmly till it dries up. A blow dryer might be useful in shrinking the tubing since it emits enough heat.

 

  • Use a Rubber Spray Paint

 

Rubber paints can be sprayed on damaged electrical cords, and you can brush, spray or dip the cable in the paint. The rubber spray paint makes the repaired region slip-resistant, it adds grip and completely seals the damaged spots. In particular, liquid rubber sprays are suited for protecting delicate surfaces, and it is available in plenty of colors that you can blend to create a custom repair color. Besides, liquid rubber coating are flexible, and they protect against abrasion, acid, alkaline, moisture, and salt. 

 

  • Use Electric Tape

 

The electric tape is a common repair strategy for most households. It’s not the most effective method, and all you need to do is cover the frayed region and tape the damaged region a few times, which will prevent future damage. The final appearance isn’t that appealing, but electric tapes are cheap, and you can get one at a convenient local store. 

 

  • Armor the Cord with a Tube

 

Cords are prone to damage caused by pets, and tubing might help you repair and prevent future damage. Get some vinyl tubing then make silt on one side of the tube. Place your repaired cable in the tube to reduce the chances of future damage.  These tools are all you will need. 

 

  • Use a Spring Mechanism

 

Get a retractable pen, then stretch it and wrap it on the damaged spot on the cord. The method reinforces the cable on the ends, although the solution might be ineffective if you overstretch the spring. However, once you have attached the spring, you can heat shrink the cable to reinforce the cable.

 

  • Replace the Entire Cable

 

Repaired electrical cords might have an unpleasant appearance, and besides, your cable might be old and raggedy. Replacing the cable can be a cheap solution, and it will prevent future damage since you will have firm cables. 

 

 

If you realize that your cables are weak, worn out, or damaged, the above tips will help you repair the cord. Sometimes, you might dump electrical appliances and opt to buy new ones while you could have resolved the problem using a cheaper solution. The above solutions are practical, and you should apply one, if not all, the strategies when repairing your cords.