- through a wire in your weapon (except sabre)
- up your sleeve and down your back through your bodycord
- through a long cable that connects you to the reel
- across the floor in a floor cable
- into the scoring machine
Tools Needed: screwdriver, small screwdriver (5/64), pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper (or a knife), something to test resistance (e.g., volt-ohm meter, continuity tester, or specialized fencing tester such as the Leon Paul TT10)
Step 1: Initial Testing
The wires in the bodycord all go straight through. When we take measurements we will be testing the Outside Pin on one end of the cord with the Outside Pin on the other end of the cord. Similarly, we'll test the two Middle's and the two Insides. When we test them, we want to make sure we have low resistance, or at a minimum continuity.
For example, when I tested the bodycord below I got:
- Outside-Outside = 0L (no connectivity)
- Middle-Middle = 0L (no connectivity)
- Inside-Inside = 0.4 Ohms (connected. OK)
Step 2: Guessing Where the Problem Is
For the Wiggle Test, find a pair of pins that are currently not working. In the example from Step 1, the Outside pins were not making contact, so let's attach our leads to the Outside pins. Now, pickup one end of the body cord and bend the wire just past the end of the plug housing. If you suddenly get connectivity, you've found the end that has the problem.
Step 3: Open the Plug Housing
Step 4: Check the Pins
If any of the wires seem to be loose from their pins, you can tighten them or reconnect them using the small screwdriver. Congratulations, you're done!
If all the pins and wires look good as in this case, you most likely have a broken wire. Slide the sheathing down the wire so you can take a look at the wires.
Step 5: Guess Where the Wire Is Broken
While the bodycord in these pictures are black, some are clear. If the wire is clear, it makes examining the wire much easier. You want to look for black spots that look as if someone burned the wire. In those black sections the wire isn't burnt, but the wire looks black because it has been stressed and broken in that area.
Step 6: Cut the Wire
Step 7: Retest the Wire
Step 8: Put the Pins Back On
Now, thread the pins onto the newly stripped pieces of wire by turning the pin clockwise as you slide it on to the wire. Tighten the screws to secure the wire. It helps to hold the pin with pliers when you do this.
NOTE: When the wires and pins lay flat in the plug housing, the wires prefer to enter each pin in a specific direction. You may notice that when you lay your wires down that you might have to reattach some of the wires.
Step 9: Close the Plug Housing
Be sure to pull the sheathing back up and over the wires. The sheathing prevents the wires from getting crushed too much by the housing.
Replace the other side of the housing. Tighten with the three 3 screws that we removed at the beginning and your bodycord should be good as new (albeit an inch or two shorter)!