Fix: Broken Plug

About: always had a deep connection with junk. drawn to it, magically, from childhood on. spent the nights as a boy roaming the streets and looking for trash to take back home. spent # 2 most of my allowance on the...

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some stuff is so flimsy these days it pretty much breaks when you look at it even a bit more seriously (you get what you pay for - ?)

here a pin of an electrical plug came off.

do i get off the mountain to buy a new one? are you serious(ly) asking)?

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Step 1: What´s the Damage¿

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the pin wanted to walk off into the world

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Step 2: Are You Screwed?

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find a screw about the size of the pin

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Step 3: Now Digging:

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get out the heavy machinery.

pilot some sort of hole (better under-done)

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Step 4: Wing It

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you can skip the pilot-hole, but then its a bit a pain in the youknowwhat

(looks like a cork-screw, but its not. all very sober here)

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Step 5: Time to Drive It In

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screw it in as far as you can

create a solid contact

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Step 6: Now the Head...

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off with it

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Step 7: Done, ..... Plug & Play

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buy less, work less, play more

thank you all

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    idriss

    22 days ago

    It would be easy, cheap and safer just to buy a new plug and replace the broken one. Mains can kill you or cause a fire easily with a bad contact.

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    la xerraidriss

    Reply 22 days ago

    "easy": it all boils down to: context. if i had a hardware-store around the corner from where i live i might just get a new one. but i live high in the mountains in spain, in a remote cabin, off-grid. so whatever that break and i can fix: is the easy way.

    "cheap". for me to drive down to the next place (beside that i dont have a car) would cost many times more than a new plug, not to mention a screw.

    "safer". that, too, depends on the context. this plug actually is off a dremel. the dremel is about the biggest tool i can plug in here. its plugged in, used, unplugged. that aside: i am electrician from trade, and i tell you that, if you match sizes of the pin, the contact is a solid as a new plug.

    but thanks for your feedback anyhow, appreciated.

    and, AGAIN, this post is meant to show a way (for people who get caught in an emergency, etc,) to fix a plug.