Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How To: Attach Plug Ends To An Extension Cord

Sometimes an extension cord is perfectly fine and just one or both of the ends are not connecting or are damaged. You might also own a 100 foot cord and want to turn it into two 50' cords. Replacing plug ends is an easy task that can be done by anyone. Whether you need it to plug into your vehicle's block heater or for industrial worksite purposes, these steps will help you get the cord back to doing watt it's suppose to do.

What You Need:

  • Wire cutters
  • Utility knife
  • Screw driver
  • New plug end (make sure you get the correct end)
The female and male plug ends pictured in this post can be found at our store by clicking on each image or click here (they are also currently on BLOWOUT for October 2017!).

http://www.edfast-online.com/Century-Wire-Female-Plug-End-p/cwcrk515c.htmHow to attach a plug end:

1. Find the damage and cut off the damaged plug or damaged piece of the cord. Discard this piece.

2. With your utility knife, make a slice in the jacket about 3/4 inches from the end of the cord and all the way around to remove it. Make sure not to cut any of the three wires inside.

http://www.edfast-online.com/Century-Wire-Female-Plug-End-p/cwcrk515c.htm3. Now that the wires are exposed, with a wire cutter, strip the insulation of each wire around 1/2 inch.

4. Take the replacement plug and open it so you can see the screws inside. Some replacement plugs open in half and some are unscrewed and open up by sliding out of each other. Each screw should be color coded: black, silver, and green. Attach the exposed copper from each wire to it's corresponding color, i.e. black to black, green to green, and white to silver. Attach by wrapping the wire clockwise around the terminal and securing each screw.

5. Close the replacement plug and tighten the screw so the cord held securely.

6. Test the cord by plugging it into a receptacle and using a circuit tester on the other side. The tester will reveal if you have hooked up the wires correctly and the cord is grounded.

Video Demonstration:

Below is an excellent video which provides a visual to the instructions we've provided above.

Check out our full flyer for this month by clicking here! If you have any questions, please comment below or contact us on any of our social media channels, by email, or give us a call at 780-484-3113. We'd be happy to help you! Thank you for stopping by our blog and we'll see you at the next post!

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