Repair a Rockband Drum Pedal With Household Items




About: I'm just this guy.

A Drum pedal repair kit won't do you any good when your pedal breaks in the middle of a rockin' party. Instead of taking the drums out of the rotation and facing ingratiating social shame, you can follow these instructions and repair most common breakages with crap you have within arms reach.

Depending on your woes, you may need
1x butter knife
1x roll electrical tape
2x compact discs that suck

Step 1: So It's Broken in Freakin' Half

Your friends were rocking out a little too hard, and now your pedal split. Maybe you already tried taping the magnet to the sole of your shoe, but that doesn't work too well.

Trust me, stick to this.

The problem with the drum pedal is that the plastic flexes again and again, inducing stress and flex, and ultimately weakening the structure. It's pretty much inevitable that this will break.

To temporarily repair a split pedal, or to prevent the flex that could kill your well used kit at any time, all you need to do is reduce pedal flex.

I used a thin flat butter knife. The purpose is to provide uniform reinforcement to the pedal. The tape will hold it together well enough for a night, and the knife will reinforce the pedal itself, preventing the damage from worsening, or holding the thing together if it's already screwed.

You know what they say: more tape is more better!

Step 2: Then Fix It Right

This probably won't help you right now, but my two breaks were a week apart, so enjoy my chronology!

I got a $20 (after shipping) Drum repair kit off of ebay.
A word to the wise: Spring for the $10 kit with hinge reinforcement.

Step 3: So Then (now) Your (my) Hinge Snapped Off!

The drum pedal is generally good.... once you reinforce the crap out of it.

But once you reinforce the pedal, it just shifts the stress. It shifts it straight back to the hinge, where high school physics tells you that the force on teh fulcrum is dramatically increased by force on the tip of the lever.

Sure, the plastic looks strong, but physics says otherwise.

Step 4: Steal Ideas From Others

That's really the best way to go about at anything you do.

I looked at the hinge repair kits, which (at the time of publishing) you cannot buy separately from pedal repair, and I saw just how it works. They don't REPAIR the hinge, they REPLACE IT. They use a square of lexan to reinforce the pedal, to connect it to the heel rest, but it is also flexible, and not susceptible to flex-ware out.

Well crap! I have Lexan scraps lying around! They're called CDs! (note, CDs may not actually, chemically be lexan, but neither may be teh crap on ebay. the point is, they are GOOD ENOUGH.)

A real, burned CD has a lot more flexibility than a burned cd, so use an old AOL disc is you have one lying around. I used a demo for America's Army that I got at PAX last year (see, you should go, look how handy it will be).

You will want two CDs, just to be thorough. One should do the trick, but really, when are you ever going to listen to your Spin Doctors CD (the second one, not the album with "2 Princes") again?

Using a pair of scissors, cut them to basically the width of the heel of the drum pedal.

Step 5:

Start by taping the CDs, the the base of the pedal, slightly staggered to increase the effective length of the pieces. More tape is more better. Go around a few times, but not so much that it becomes uncomfortably thick.

Step 6: Reinforce the Heel. REALLY WELL.

Next put the heel of the pedal into the hinge where it belongs, and attach the bottom of the CDs to the heel plate of the pedal.

Remember, more tape is more better. Get that thing on tight. Electrical tape is flexible, is this to your advantage by pulling it tight around the unit.

And now you're done! This whole thing takes about 15 minutes, so you can be back to your party in no time. It's also easy enough to do while hammered, though you may want a designated driver to handle the scissors.

Though the hinge fix is mickey moused, mine lasted for weeks of heavy use.
Until the magnetic switch itself broke.

I don't have a fix for that, so I'll finally have to send the stupid thing back to EA.



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    10 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 6

    Thank you SO much... I had a pedal with a reinforced plate but the hinge broke several months ago and the CD tip fixed it. :D


    10 years ago on Step 6

    that is a really well done tut....except i repaired the peddle itself using a 3mm thick piece of plywood cut to shape of the pedal and used pitbull grip super glue to meld it together overnight. probably won't come in handy if you need a quick fix like yours. the hinge part i haven't had to fix yet as my son uses the front part of his foot to come down on the middle to top part of the peddle. i believe it comes down to 'finesse' and looking cool while playing over smash and bash.. well done on your tutorial. kudo's


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I took some photos of the steps I used to replace the cable. It's pretty simple to put a new cable in. The steps I used are documented here.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I saw a version where 2 butter knives were duct taped under the pedal... It seemed to work pretty well... I wanted to ask: My pedal is halfway cracked through, but not entirely in half; do you think that I can just gorilla glue it up and be done with it?

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm afraid not. As great as teh Gorilla glue is, the plastic in the pedal itself is fairly flexible, and we're dealing with a lot of repetetive force. Even if it did repair the damage perfectly (which it won't) the pedal would just start to break somewhere else. Your best bet is to step in w/ a permanent solution ASAP.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    darn...I just thought of something...Mighty putty! Do ya think that would work?

    Actually i just finished doing mine. Instead of the top, I did the bottom of the pedal. 1 on either side. This avoids the pain in your arches when you're hitting the beats. You might have to carve out some slots for the knife though so the sensor triggers. So, your choice, move the magnet at the bottom of the pedal or carve out some slots so the knives can have somewhere to go. If you broke a pedal, your chances of breaking another is pretty good. I took my temporary knives off and ordered a replacement pedal from a company Theres a bunch out there, buy one you like. I liked them cause they offered an all metal red colored pedal. I like red, what can I say. The next thing you'll have to be careful about is the drum sensor. Just after I replaced my pedal a few days later my sensor broke. I opened it up and found that the wire connected to the sensor had broken. If you carefully pry the cap off the drum you can resolder the wire again. Be careful about holding the brass(piezo disc) with your fingers while you're soldering. It gets hot pretty fast. Oh yeah, you'll have to make sure you are scraping the old crap or plastic that surrounds the wire before your solder joint heats up otherwise, you'll get what they call a cold joint and it'll break again. Good luck. I'm feeling pretty invinvible for fixing my drums so I'm gonna try to connect these sensors to some real drums and teach myself how to play, sorta like the light-up keys of those electric pianos? Anyone try before?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice one! it's about time somebody did this, I might send the link to a friend who's suffering from this. By the way, does the whole 'Knife on pedal' not make it uncomfortable on your foot?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Depending on the flatness of the knife, it can be uncomfortable. However, the butter knife fix is not supposed to be a long term solution. It is supposed to keep the party going until you can legitimately repair/ replace the thing.