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What kind of repair shop do I take a broken extension cord to?

Asked by Kraigmo (8685points) December 18th, 2010

I have a long and expensive extension cord, but the socket head has become damaged.

Rather than spend $30 on a new cord, is there a repair shop that can replace the extension socket? What kind of shop do I look up?

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iamthemob's avatar

I doubt that there’s a repair specialty for this. This seems like a go to home depot and do it yourself type thing.

Afos22's avatar

It depends. Can you specify the damage?

Kraigmo's avatar

@Afos, yes: water damage to the female socket. It only affects this small part; the rest of the cord is in fine condition.

gravity's avatar

Any store that does home appliance repair… say for vacuums or such. It will take about 10 minutes to replace and cost maybe $15.

Afos22's avatar

@Kraigmo Is it still wet?

jerv's avatar

If I were there, I would do it in just a couple of minutes with a new $5 plug from Home Despot. If it is right near the end then you just need a new plug and you’ll only lose a little cord. I did one earlier this week and it is only an inch shorter than it was

If you know how to use a screwdriver then you are halfway competent at repairing it, and if you can use a pair of wire-cutters then you are almost there. It really is not wort taking to a shop. All you need to do is cut the end off right near the plug, strip away about an inch of the outer insulation and about ¼” off of each of the three wires inside.

The black wire goes to the narrow blade or slot (depending on whether you are doing a male or female), the white wire to the wider one, and the green or bare wire to the grounding plug (the small round one at the bottom; not present on some cords).

If you are still antsy about doing it yourself, then just walk into nearly any electrician ‘s shop with it and they might do it for you in three seconds and possibly not charge you for the labor since it is such a trivial task.

Paradox's avatar

It sounds like you need to replace the female end of your plug since you’ve mentioned the socket is worn out. This should be an easy repair but I’m not going to attempt to guide you here. These instructions should guide you here better than I could. They’re replacing a male plug here but this is the exact same protocol to use for changing the female end as well.

jerv's avatar

@Paradox A picture is worth a thousand words, so thank you for finding the pictures to go with the instructions I gave :)

Paradox's avatar

@jerv Something that may be childs play for me to actually do is a nightmare when trying to explain a procedure to someone over the net. At least for me. I almost went into the word by word procedure myself before I realised after reading my post that I may be confusing the person more so then I decided to erase it and replace my answer with that link.

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