How to change a bad electrical cord plug end

Dangerous cord end? bad electrical plug end, frayed electrical plugNo problem- you can change it yourself for under $4 and a trip to Home Depot. All you need for tools are:

  • wire cutters
  • electrical wire strippers
  • screw driver
  • utility knife
  • and of course, the new replacement endTools need to change electric plug end

It will take a few minutes of your time and some careful cutting and splicing with the utility knife. My hubby and I have put new plug ends of frayed electrical cords including our newest aquisition to our ‘workshop’ this 50 year old radial arm saw we bought for $10 the other day. This saw was originally $95, however, the 80 year old gentleman who owned it did not realize that he had it sitting longer than 6 months and that the motor was almost locked up. Plus it turned out not to be a 10″ radial arm saw (which we need) but sometime in the past he replaced the orginal 10″ with an 8″. Anyhow, I wanted the stand and since hubby thought he could get the saw to work, we bought it.

How to change a bad electrical cord plug end

Our radial arm saw now ready to rip some boards

When we get the saw home, I start to tell hubby how to put wheels on the stand and put shelves in it. (you know we women have to direct and supervise) Hubby cleaned the saw and sprayed grease, WD40 or whatever it is he had in the garage, over and over on the bearings until the saw ran smooth. We happened to have blades so he tried out the saw and it worked. Yeah but when I looked down at the cord I said “OMG honey the cord is exposed!”

So a trip to Home Depot for a cord end and 15 minutes of his time to put a new end on. The saw has been the best $10 we spent so far on a power tool. I also want to highly suggest to check power cord ends every so often to make sure they are not split or cut. This is a fire or electrocution hazard.

I know I digressed a bit and so I will get back to why I wrote this post…

So here is the reason: because many people simply do not know how to replace or put an end on a cord. One of the best things about knowing how to wire a new plug end is the that you can fix a bad plug end on a power tool or turn a an electrical light fixture into a corded light to hang in your home or workshop.

I hope I have given you the knowledge to tackle your own DIY projects.

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How to change a bad electrical cord plug end

Disclaimer: we are not certified electricians and the directions are from our years of experience.



2015 copyrighted material C Renee Fuller @the Garden Frog Boutique

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