So what causes this death of our beloved ihomes? Well in most cases its the actual connection between dock and device. Over time the pins that make the connection wear down and we're left with an iPaperweight.
Step 1: What to get
1. a broken ihome
2. toenail clippers
3. a cutting utensil
4. a broken sync cable that you don't mind sacrificing or a small needle (edit: or a staple)