Get con­nected

Quick fixes for faulty electrics

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Cut out the prob­lem

If a con­nec­tor is bro­ken or worn you’ll need to chop it off and re­place it. Cut it off us­ing pli­ers and be sure to leave 5-10mm of wire so you can see the colour of the in­su­la­tion.

Strip the wire

Re­move some plas­tic in­su­la­tion us­ing wire strip­ping pli­ers to ex­pose the strands be­neath. You can also do the job man­u­ally by scor­ing the outer cas­ing with a knife be­fore cut­ting.

Know your con­nec­tors

Bul­let con­nec­tors have two crimp­ing wings. Crimp the in­su­la­tion sleeve first then crimp the ex­posed wire loosely be­fore go­ing down a size to make a firm con­nec­tion.

Keep sol­der­ing on

Us­ing a sol­der­ing iron, get the area just hot enough to drip-feed flux into the crimped area. Fi­nally, slide the in­su­lat­ing sleeve up to cover the new join and shrink it to fit us­ing a heat gun.

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