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01-26-2011 05:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question ros power cord repair dog

So, my six month old lab puppy decided my ROS cord would be a tasty snack. Thank goodness it wasn’t one of my nicer tools…

I’ve repaired power cords before on items such as lamps, but I’m a little concerned about a power tool. Since there is just a six inch section chewed up, I thought of cutting back the cord and splicing it back together.

Anyone out there have an opinion on whether or not this is a good, and safe idea?


-- David

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 05:54 PM

Replace it totally Splicing cords together opens up too many dangerous possibilities like fire, shock, motor damage. I would take it or call the nearest tool center and get a new cord which would be an cheaper alternative to losing your shop or worse hurting yourself or others :)

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 06:01 PM

Splicing cords is a good way to start a fire. Don’t do it!. Replace the entire cord. I have had to do that on my Skil saw after my puppy did the same thing… Replacement cords from the MFGs are typically not that expensive, and are easy to install… Typically… Some stuff is just made so the user can’t work on it these days… I try to steer clear of anything made like that. Which of course is why I don’t have an iPhone…

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 06:45 PM

You can order a power cord to fit your sander. A cord meant for
a sander will have those metal loops on the end – they aren’t set
up so you can just strip the wire and wrap it around the screw. If
you have the metal fittings on hand of course you can modify any
cord meant designed for a double insulated tool.

In my experience the cords with the softer, squishy jackets fall apart
after several years of use. DeWalt cords don’t last very well for me –
but I’ve seen the cords with with firm, thinner insulation last much

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 07:07 PM

It doesn’t get any easier. My 8 year old lab decided she didn’t like the carpet on the stair landing. So last night, she ate it.

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 07:08 PM

When a corded tool dies I keep the cord, if it’s worth keeping (quality) then if I need one I have one…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 10:44 PM

Thanks for the info, I didn’t think about ordering a new cord from the manufacturer, or taking one off another dead sander I still have for some reason.

-- David

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 11:19 PM

hey what about the puppy
sure don´t hope the plug was in when
wanted to make the rewiew on the maschine´s taste

the others is right change the cord even thow its easy to splice
anything with an electric engine in the other end shuold have a good wire

I wont judge anybody if they did it , I myself has done a few lam thing in my life
such as use two nails in the outlet when a plug wasn´t avable on sunday´s …lol :-(
that´s what come out of having study electronic I gess
its the same as the carmecanic´s car is always in the worsed condition of those in the town

take care

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 12:26 AM

I would also consider cutting off the defective portion of the cord and attach a new plug. It is only three wires and a few screws.

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 05:03 AM

David, Doncha jus love them puppies? lol The first year and a half is a bear-cat. Like Brian says, cut the bad end off and just have a short cord to the plug until the new cord arrives, or you might find you like it that way.Less cord to wind up to put the tool away.

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 05:39 AM

I patch some up and throw some away. Depends on the extent of the damage. Repairs can be anything from taping it up if all the wres can be insulated and the copper conductors are not damaged to cutting out the damaged section to splice it or replace the cord cap. The hazard depends on the quality of the repair. I would do what you are most comportable with. I usually fix mine, but I have been an electrican since Johnson was president :-))

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 07:09 AM

It should be replaced, but I’ve had a few cords that looked like zebras from all of the electrical tape patches on them. As long as the wires are intact, they will work fine.

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 07:11 AM

One wire hook up
Two wire we screw up.
Replace the cord, most small tools are double insulated meaning no ground wire. T h integrity of the insulation has been compromised, possible exposure to moisture combined with improper or no ground puts you at risk.
Buy a 14 awg extension cord , cut off the female end and crimp on some new ring logs and replace. You are good to go for about five bucks.
BTW is I a puppy or an alligator for the first 2 years like my German short hair?

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 07:13 AM

The cord has nothing to do with the double insulation ratng that eliminates the ground requirement. Double insulation is in the tool’s body.

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 05:39 PM

We’ve got two labs, one’s three years old, the other six months. I keep forgetting the little one is still a puppy, I forgot how much they love to chew on everything!

Thanks for the all the ideas. I’m either going to put a new plug on the existing cord, since only about eight inches got chewed up, or I’m going to steal one form another dead sander.

-- David

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