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Everyone had this time in life- broken headphones jack... again.

I came up with idea that help me repair my headphones and make them stronger after repairing.
Just using some hot glue and basic skills.

After following my instructions you will be able to finish with plug show on the photo.

Step 1: Hey! What happened to my headphones?!- What would you need to repair them?

No! My headphones jack is broken again!

What to do?
There is some posibilities:
-Buy new headphones- What a waste of money! I like my headphones! Why would I change them ?

-Repair broken jack using new plug- Ok... headphones are working correctly... but my headphones isn't as pretty as before! I want them to look good!

-Use this instructable to make your headphones plug look good- hey! I can save some money using old plug!

I don't know what option would you choose, but definitly I'll chose third possibility ;)
I wanted my headphones look good, and I didn't want to use ordinary replacement plug from electronic store.
Just using some hot glue and plexi i made something that will help you repair your jack pretty way!

So... your headphones are broken again.
What would you need to bring them back to life and give them non-zombie look?
-Broken headphones (very useful when you repair them)
-HOT Glue! or sugru (chose your weapon!)
-Some 1cm thick plexiglas
-Some screws
-Drill - preferably with drill pres
-Silicone oil

There is other posibility, you can 3D print the mold, I've prepared *.stl files for those who have acces to the 3D printer.
I don't have any posibility to print my own mold ( you know... Poland...) 3D printing of that small object would cost me as much as 1KG of PLA filament so...

File named "split" is for making joints on headphones cable like the spots where cable splits on two.


Split.stl Split.stl

jack-fix v 1.0.stl

jack-fix v 1.0.stl jack-fix v 1.0.stl
Nice idea - may use a variant to deal with odd sized mains adaptor for my Acer laptop.      Have previously used hot glue - but as that softens even at room temp, some other more rigid material is called for.       Also *hot* glue can affect the wire casings. So it's nice to have an alternative cold plastic.      Never seen sugru, but if it can be removed fairly easily it's a better option than say epoxy.       Would also consider using some material other than plexi as the mould. Some decent ply or MDF would suit. Maybe form the channel w plunge router or dremel.      Not fussed about plug/jack/socket terminology. We're on the internet, & they're all connectors...
Advertise? Where was the advert. This is a comment on your original post. If I was to advertise, then this is not the site I would advertise on. I can see you are not open to comments or constructive criticism, unless they are to your approval, and you are obviously by looking at your answer trying to start an argument with me, so I will end it here. I don't have time to argue about stuff like this. I have been fixing these for years and you are using all of the wrong stuff, you have said that it is easy. It's not easy. There are better methods like I said. I would never mess about using all of the things you have used and advise others against this method which is ugly and messy. I won't flag your comment that re-blogs your link and advertises your post. I am not one to go out attacking people or accusing people of things they have not done. I am even not bothered if the comment is deleted, but for what reason. Your method is still a mess regardless. I certainly wouldn't let you fix mine, put it that way. You wrote after you tutorial " Leave me a comment on what you think" why write this if you argue with people? In the "UK" we have good alternative equipment to use, which is much less complicated than your method, there are easier methods, where you have simply chosen the most difficult and hardest route there is , probably. It look's good what you have done, but why of why did you choose this way. Would love to know how much all the materials, tools etc cost to make such a mess. Anyway, well done for something which only probably you would use, for someone else to do this? , i guess if they were completely bored out of their mind they may just get hold of the stuff you used.
OK, if you can make it batter just show it to us in the instructable. <br>Everyone can talk about &quot;How I can do it better&quot; but not everyone can prove that he really can. <br>Make an instructable and then maybe I'll agree with you. <br> <br>cheers ;)
Look's like a bit of a bodge job. Why didn't you just buy a new jack and replace it. Thus solving your problem. You could then use some good shrink tubing to re-enforce the jack and strengthen the cable around the jack to prevent this from ever re-occurring. The jacks these days are looking pretty good on the market in lots of colours, shapes and sizes, this blob of silicon looks like something your friends would just laugh at. We have repaired lot's of earphones and headphones at fixmyheadphones.co.uk and wouldn't dream of sending these out to our customers. There are better methods, that's all we can add to this solution. If it works though, fair play, but would you honestly like a blob of silicon on the end of your headphone cable? I know I wouldn't. Each to their own I guess.
plug..........................is whats on end of
jack..........................is on device (you plug into)
The term &quot;jack&quot; does officially mean the part of the connection that is not on the cable, and the part on the cable is the plug. <br> <br>However, in common parlance, both parts of the connection tend be called &quot;jack&quot;.
Those misunderstanding is an effect of 1:1 translation from language that kondzio speaks natively. There, &quot;jack plug&quot; is correct term, commonly used in electronics branch.
We use PLUG and SOCKET..... <br> <br>Plug, plugs the Socket.
Hi, thanks for leaving comment. <br>Before you start commenting you should read wikipedia: <br>&quot;In the UK, the terms jack plug and jack socket are commonly used for the respective male and female phone connectors.[2] In the US, a stationary (more fixed) electrical connector is called a &quot;jack&quot; <br> <br>I'm not a native english speaker but I'm learning british english currently so I don't see any misteke in what I write in my instructable. <br> <br>cheers!
Nice instructables , <br>could you please give me further information about that universal silicon spray ? <br>where can i buy that ? <br> <br>
Silicon spray, kondzio had wrote about is nothing more than silicon oil. This oil is used for lubricating seals or plastic mechanisms. Every shop with spare car parts should have something similar. Also, airsoft players are using it for cleaning barrels and lubricating magazines.
Hi, <br>This silicone spray it's kind of lubricating oil or grease, it's similiar to WD 40 but it gives nice and frictionless movement because of silicon. <br> <br>I bought universal silicone oil in &quot;LIDL&quot;, but they are only in europe :( <br>I don't know how about Iran, but you should propably check nearest hardware shop. <br> <br>Hope I help you ;) <br>cheers!
Hi <br>you are really good guy :) that you very much for your attention about my location <br>it looks like LIDL are a chain supermarket in Europe , probably they has international selling , i hope <br>I will contact you through PM ! <br> <br>Merc
Great idea! I'll keep this in mind for the next time a plug tries to die on me.
Thank you, <br> <br>dont forget to post a photo of your fixed plug ;) <br>I think everyone here want to see it ;) <br>
This is great, thank you! Your solution looks much more durable. But...the problem I have with headphone jacks, headset (phone and mic combos) and often studio headphones, is how to work with that awkward tiny flexible copper/string wire most of them use (presumably for a longer lasting product) to connect to the plug. Soldering, even with a good flux doesn't work. <br> <br>If anyone with the same wire problem reads this and has a solution please do an 'ible. <br>
I have the same problem with one of my headset wires ;) (see photo) <br> <br>Try to heat end of wire with lighter, probably they are coated with special kind of paint, after this scratch some of it and it should &quot;catch&quot; the solder ;) <br> <br>Thnks for comment, you can also vote on me in Fix it contest <br> <br>cheers!
Are you using REAL sodder, with the 60/40 (or close enough) tin lead sodder? That new LEAD free ROHS sodder is crap - I hate it.
once you have the mould you could use it on new/working headphones to make them last longer so they don't break at that point ever

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