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Jagerheister

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02-09-2018 11:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: power cables fixing diy tricks tips repair electric cable

How to replace a power cable on your machines…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK2NhvV0_oE&t=204s to replace a power cable on your machines…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK2NhvV0_oE&t=204s


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#1 posted 02-09-2018 01:44 PM

silly, why destroy an electrical cord when every home improvement store carries “tool replacement cords” for $6

I usually go the other direction and make my corded tool plugs about 12” but I use extension cords for everything.

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 02:13 PM

I explain in the video that I have many extension chords that I don’t need, and that I need a much longer chord so that I can move the machine anywhere in the shop.

The video was about replacing a damaged power cable, I just happened to use an extension chord… You can use what ever you want.

Good luck buying a good quality cable for $6…

Thanks for watching goof ball…

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 04:48 PM

This reminds me I need to mess with the cord on my vacuum cleaner. It won’t turn on anymore.

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 08:45 PM

I dropped the edge of a sheet of 3/4 MDF on one of my my extension cords… crushed pretty bad. I cut the bad part out and kept both pieces to use for other stuff.

That being said, buying SOOW or SJOOW cord by the foot isn’t very expensive and I would rather do that than use a new extension cord.

Also, almost all extension cords are made with SJT type jacketing which is much stiffer and has a ‘memory’. SOOW and SJOOW cord has a much more flexible rubber that doesn’t tangle as easily.

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#5 posted 02-09-2018 09:16 PM

Many ways to skin a cat. Looks like a fine option if you are mobile and need to be far away. Only caution, be sure to use the proper size wire for the device. If its got a 12 awg wire don’t replace with a long 14awg.

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#6 posted 02-10-2018 02:11 AM

W, Shelley: you brought up something that really bugs me about so many portable electric tools, and that is the stiff plastic-sheathed cords they use. Even some fairly expensive tools do this. I have a Milwaukee heat gut that has a cord so stiff it takes 2 hands to sort of straighten it out—but it springs back into whatever shape it had when you let go of it. The plastic cords are obviously a way to save a few pennies in manufacturing. A pox on them!!

Rubber cords are so much nicer in every way.

By the way, Bonesbr, my cat hates that saying.

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#7 posted 02-10-2018 02:53 AM



W, Shelley: you brought up something that really bugs me about so many portable electric tools, and that is the stiff plastic-sheathed cords they use. Even some fairly expensive tools do this. I have a Milwaukee heat gut that has a cord so stiff it takes 2 hands to sort of straighten it out—but it springs back into whatever shape it had when you let go of it. The plastic cords are obviously a way to save a few pennies in manufacturing. A pox on them!!

Rubber cords are so much nicer in every way.

By the way, Bonesbr, my cat hates that saying.

- runswithscissors

Yep, this is one of the things I’ve noticed (and like) about Bosch and Ridgid tools – they come with proper SJOOW cords.

By the way, almost everything in most shops can make do with a 16awg SJOOW cord, which is rated for 13A. I bought a 250ft spool of 16/3 cord a while back and I use it for various things including making new power cords for things.

For larger tools you can often times cannibalize the cord from old Power Distribution Units (PDU’s) used for computer servers and networking racks. It’s very common to see PDUs rated for 24A or 30A @ 208/240VAC. They’ll come with a 10-12ft cord of 10/3 SJOOW, and a NEMA L6-30P plug on the end.

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#8 posted 02-10-2018 02:57 AM

Yes they make 6 ft cords and if that works for you so be it. I have used this tip for years for all kinds of electrical devices. Some tools are real close to an outlet, some are not.

While a 100 ft cord is great if you only need say 40 feet cutting the cord down and marking it works well. I often need either a 15-25 cord or a 35-40 ft of cord for most jobs I do around the house / shop so I have one of each. Always the 100 ft ones around just in case. My air lines in the shop are the same way. A 18 ft and 28 ft because that gets me most places I need to go. If I need more I always have a 50 ft and a 100ft.

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