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  • erqua commented on IgnorantZebra's instructable How to Fix Dead Earphones2 months ago
    How to Fix Dead Earphones

    The replacement stereo jack came with a plastic cover. We can see it in the pictures above. Why didn't you use it, and use duct tape instead? (insert funny picture of a cat scratching his head here. :) ).More seriously, the jack has been installed incorrectly. Note that clamp on the replacement stereo jack. Look at step 5, first picture, with the box that says "this is where you want to solder the ground wire". Well, erm .... ummm ... no. You don't solder it there. You solder it further down on the inside, or ... normally I thread the copper conductor through the tiny hole and solder it on the outside. The reason is because the two tiny arms is suppose to clamp on to the wire's insulator where the box is. This way, when you pull on it, the force is transferred to the entire ca...see more »The replacement stereo jack came with a plastic cover. We can see it in the pictures above. Why didn't you use it, and use duct tape instead? (insert funny picture of a cat scratching his head here. :) ).More seriously, the jack has been installed incorrectly. Note that clamp on the replacement stereo jack. Look at step 5, first picture, with the box that says "this is where you want to solder the ground wire". Well, erm .... ummm ... no. You don't solder it there. You solder it further down on the inside, or ... normally I thread the copper conductor through the tiny hole and solder it on the outside. The reason is because the two tiny arms is suppose to clamp on to the wire's insulator where the box is. This way, when you pull on it, the force is transferred to the entire cable (mostly the thick insulator part).If you don't clamp it, when you pull on the cable, the force is transferred to the conductor. If the soldering isn't very good, it might just pull free. Or the conductor may break. This is probably the reason the first repair failed.

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