Whether you are a seasoned carpenter or a backyard handyman, sooner or later, you’re going to accidentally saw through your skill saw’s electrical cord . Like my grandfather said, there are two types of carpenters out there. There are those who have cut through their saw’s electrical cord and there are those who are going to saw through it. I use a skill saw to cut up trees, wooden pallets and just about anything else that burns to power my woodstove. I’ve cut so many skill saw electrical cords, I can do the repair almost as quick as a NASCAR pit crewman can change a tire.
What you’ll need
Since you’ll know it’s going to happen, you’re best bet is to buy the objects you’ll need beforehand before you cut through your electrical cord . You’ll want to have a set of splicing pliers, a few tubes of shrink wrap and a roll of duck tape. You’ll need the pliers to splice the wires, the shrink wrap to seal the connection you make and the duck tape is good for this job and thousands of others.
How to do the repair
Because you are reading this, I know the saw blade went through the wire, grounded out and popped a fuse. If not, you don’t have to worry about fixing your saw. The first step to repairing your electrical cord is unplug the electrical source. Never touch anything electrical until you cut off its power source. Second, pull back the black rubber insulation on your electrical cord to access to the black and white wires inside. The black is the ground and the white is the power wire. Third, take your splicing pliers and cut the black and white wires so they line up evenly. Then take the pliers, starting at the lowest number (the largest wire) and work your way to the smaller sizes until you find splicing gap that snugly fits the wire you need to splice. It should cut through the rubber insulation without cutting through the wire. Then place wire it in the correct slot, squeeze the handle, twist and pull. You should be left with about a quarter-inch of exposed wires. Then twist the wires. Do this to the other there ends that you’ll need to connect. Then get a tube of shrink wrap that’s about an inch larger than the area you are working on and slide it over one of the wires. The shrink wrap should be large enough to easily fit over the wire, but not too large to be too big when it shrinks when it reacts to heat. Grab the corresponding wire – white goes to white, black to back – and twist them together. Slide the shrink wrap over the connection and then heat it up with a candle, match or lighter. The heat will shrink the wrap and give you a good connection. Do the same with the other sliced wire. Then wrap everything in duck tape and you have repaired your electrical cord . Plug the saw back in and you are ready to resume your work.