Intro: Simple Power Strip Repair
Power strips are cheap ( at some places ), so why should we bother repairing them? Well there is a sense of satisfaction from a repair, and you lessen the flow through the waste stream.
In my case the switch on the power strip completely disintegrated. When I looked insider the components were crammed in and connected with very stiff wire. It was going to be hard to repair. My solution, get in, cut out everything not really needed, and get out.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Basic workshop tools for appliance electrical work:
- Misc. Tools
- Soldering Iron
- Wire Nut
- Electrical tape
Step 2: Fix It
We are going to rip out much of the guts, splice back the essential connections and close it back up.
- Open it up by removing the screws from the back. Try not to loose them.
- Cut out the resistor cap. network for the LED, cut off the LED leads. ( Your could reconnect this to have a power indicator light, I did not. )
- Cut out the switch and discard. Leave wires from the "wall" to brass contacts and circuit breaker.
- Use a soldering iron to remove wire stubs from the long brass contacts.
- Solder in new twisted wire to complete the wall, circuit breaker, brass contact circuit. I used a wire nut for one contact.
- Temporally taping the contacts in place may make assembly easier.
- Close it up, tape over the old opening for the switch.
Step 3: Done, Use It
No instructions necessary, even easier to use than the original, you have to plug it in, but not turn it on.