Household Tips: How To Rewire A Plug

If you can't get appliances to work, here is how to fix them through a re-wiring process. Advice on wiring and electricity.

We've all been there before. You have plugged an appliance in and it will not turn on""and you've tried everything. You've dragged the coffee grinder all over your apartment in search of a functioning outlet to no avail; you've tried flipping on and off all the light switches in vain, and you even taken the treacherous trip down the cellar stairs to examine the fuse box for a trip. If you have exhausted these options it is likely that the problem lies not in the outlet or the power-source, rather, you have a faulty cord. To make sure this is the problem you should check a few things first.

The problem might be that you are simply not getting proper contact in the wall outlet. Bend the prongs of the plug apart very slightly and see if this adjustment makes the appliance work. If this does not change the status of your dead appliance you will need to make sure the wires inside have not loosened from the terminal screws. If the wires have been loosened look at a properly functioning plug's wires and manipulate the wires in the broken cord to look like those in the working cord. Tighten up the screws so that the plug is secured. If the prong itself is loose or the small wires inside are broken, your best bet is to simply replace the entire plug. Here is how you rewire a plug.

It is imperative that you unplug the cord from the wall before you make any adjustments. Remember, when you deal with electricity you need to be extremely careful. After you've unplugged the cord cut off the plug about two inches into the cord with a sharp knife. Remove all the broken pieces of the cord. Next, using the knife, strip off the exterior shell of the cable to a length of one and one half inches from the end of the cord where you removed the plug. Be careful when you do this; you should be slicing through the cord to reveal the insulation. Do not slice the insulation or the wires. If you are uncomfortable about using a knife in proximity to the fragile wires then purchase a special insulation stripping tool at the local hardware store.

You have prepared the cord properly when the two individual wires are exposed together covered by a layer of colored insulation. Split the two wires with the knife at a length of approximately two inches. Strip off ¾ inch of insulation from each wire with the knife or a wire stripper. This will expose many little wires. Keep the little wires bunched together. Do not cut into these little guys.

Push the two large wires through the top of the new plug. With the puller-through wires tie a knot in the wire just above the exposed little wires. Pull the knot back into the plug snuggly. The knot should rest in between the two prongs. Loop one wire around one prong and wrap the exposed little wires clockwise around the closest terminal screw. Tighten this screw over the wires. Wrap the other wire around the remaining prong, and follow the same procedure with the other little wires. Make sure that neither group of little wires touches the other. Also make sure each bunch is gathered under the screw and that no loose ones stick out. Once you are sure all your connections are neat and tighten you are ready to try the cord out. Cross your fingers and insert the new plug into the wall, and watch your appliance go.

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