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Building Materials / Re: Where to buy steel stock in NJ
« Last post by Slowlearner on Today at 09:24 AM »
Check online sometimes as well metaldepot i think is one..
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The plastic, flexible device is a strain relief, it keeps any tugs on the cord from pulling on the connections inside the white plastic case. It looks to be a type that's molded onto the cord, there are other types that can slip onto the cord.
As mentioned, the best repair might be to shorten the cord to eliminate the damaged section and redo the connections inside the plastic case. If you're lucky there may be spade connectors inside, and you would just need to crimp new connectors onto the wires, so you'd need to buy a crimper instead of a soldering iron. Accessing the connections is likely possible by removing the screws that hold the white plastic shell together.

It's likely that the repair is simple, but if you don't have the tools and knowledge, it's not so simple anymore. Are there any small appliance repair shops or perhaps maker spaces near you where you could get it repaired, or perhaps get guidance and access to the needed tools (maker space)?

For a possible alternative if you want to tackle it yourself; There are two wire plugs and in-line outlets that don't require tools, if this device doesn't draw a lot of current, you could probably use those to make a plug connection that could nestle inside the cover. Any hardware store should carry them, you would put the outlet part on the long cord and the plug on the short piece of cord. This would more or less turn the long part of the cord into an extension cord with a very short power cord on the device.

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@GoingMyWay I love the Veto Pro Pacs bags, we have a XXLF closed top that’s nudging 7 years old and still going strong. Also a now discontinued OT-XXL that’s of similar age, and in very good shape.
They’re expensive but very durable, I cannot think of another tool bag that comes close.

They are very nice, albeit a bit expensive.  I'm not a even a professional tradesman or anything like that.   They're very solidly built and as a result they're not exactly light even when completely empty.  I'm hoping this setup will be a little lighter than my XLT since they can't hold as many tools.  I'm also trying to be more judicious in the tool selection.  I bought the Klein 7-in-1 nut driver instead of having 7 separate nut drivers (none or maybe just 1 or 2 of which I really even need) like I have in the XLT.
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If this type of repair isn’t inline with your area code, you could use a plug type connection, I didn’t suggest this originally because looking at the massager, and how close the cut is to it, a plug may impair comfort?

I'm not sure if there is any code or regulations regarding an appliance cord like this.  You're exactly right about the proximity of the cut in the wire relative to the massager itself.

Is it possible to access the end of the power cord inside the device. If so since the damage is so close to the end maybe just elect to lose those couple inches in the overall cord length and make the repair internal. That way no splices to worry about and nothing visible on the exterior to indicate it was ever repaired.

Without being able to see the termination of the power cord internally it's difficult to advise if this type repair is even possible, but it may be worth considering if it is possible to gain access to inside the device without damaging it.

I cut the stitch that held the zipper closed.  This is what's inside.



We still can't see the termination points unless I open up the plastic housing.  The housing just appears to be closed with screws.  I wonder if I should investigate further and open up the housing.  I am a little worried that the more I disassemble, the more likely I might not be able to put it back together again so that it works.  Though, since the wire is cut it's not like the massager is currently working anyway.

I've had bad experiences in the past taking working items apart only to usually end up breaking them or something in the process.  That's why my motto now is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  I guess I should be ok in this case since it's already broken.

If you are not comfortable with soldering then this type repair might be something left to someone with more experience but it shouldn't cost much to have a small appliance repair shop fix it. You could invest in the tools and learn to solder but in the end it may be cheaper (and a better quality repair) to let someone else do it.

This seems like the ideal time to try to learn how to solder, but you're right this is something that would definitely be a better quality repair being done by someone who knows what he or she is doing.  Also I don't know how many times, if ever I'll need to solder wires together in the future.

I guess I'll try to open up the plastic housing to see how the wires terminate.  If it's something easy then I wouldn't need to buy anything to make the repair.



Doh - after typing everything up, I just realized that the wire doesn't exactly pass straight through directly into the plastic housing.  It's got that joint/elbow thingie (not sure what you call it) that likely "slides/locks" into the housing and also allows the cord to flex a little.  If I cut that section of wire out then I will no longer have that piece.  Hmmmmmmmm.  Back to the soldering option?
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Building Materials / Re: Where to buy steel stock in NJ
« Last post by Bob D. on Today at 08:10 AM »
Joseph Fazzio's would be one place.
2760 Glassboro-Cross Keys Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

They also have a facility in Wall Township (never been there)
5001 Routes 33 & 34 (at Circle)
Farmingdale, NJ 07727


Fazzio's Machine & Steel would be another.
3278 Glassboro Cross Keys Rd,
Glassboro,NJ,08028

They are separate companies but located only a half mile apart. I've bought from both and never asked what the relationship/history between the two is. Might be brothers that went their separate ways years ago but that is speculation on my part. I do know they have both been good to deal with.
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I've always like the combination of Black Walnut and Maple. Matt I would do a little reading on the potential for differential expansion/contraction of dissimilar woods. Capturing the maple the way you have with a mitered frame is typically not an advisable build.
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Festool Tool Problems / Re: BS 105 New Motor & Speed control?
« Last post by Chris Midnite on Today at 07:43 AM »
So new field assembly, armature and speed control fitted and it's running like silk, I hadnt noticed how rough it had got.
I also got a new casing for it but it doesnt have the festool decals on.
Does anybody know where I can get a replacement sticker for the side of the tool from, they dont have them at the parts supplier?
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Member Projects / Re: H&K Custom Barn Doors
« Last post by TXFIVEO on Today at 06:47 AM »
Each style was for a different house.  Thanks for the kind words on the white oak Dallas door, definitely one of my favorites!
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Building Materials / Where to buy steel stock in NJ
« Last post by o2b4wln on Today at 06:41 AM »
Howdy folks,

Starting to get into welding, mainly for furniture stands/frames/etc, and wanted to find out where to get decent stock in the Central NJ area.

I'll mainly be using 1/8" and, depending on the weight of the project, 1/4". I looked at the big box stores and didn't care for the price to length ratio, was hoping someone could point me to someplace that has patience for a hobbyist.

Thanks,
Neeraj
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A wall clock for the garage (I trust no pics are necessary).  I’m always losing track of time when I’m out there and it’s a nuisance to find the phone or run in the house to check.  It really is something I should have bought years ago.

Funny thing is I wanted an analog clock that I didn’t need to adjust since it would be high on a wall.  I thought with all the WiFi enabled stuff out there, surely there is a better option than the atomic clocks.  The answer is...there is and they are marketing these things for commercial settings ($$$) where all the clocks are synchronized and nobody needs to set them.  So, the atomic clock won.  Thankfully it did find the signal inside of 10 minutes.

Or just stick an Echo Dot in the shop and you can ask Alexa the WX or time when you need to, set a timer for some task you're doing, use the intercom feature to contact (or be contacted by) someone in the house, stream music to the shop, chat with a friend across town or hundreds of miles away, or listen to podcasts. You could even tie it into your HA system and use a remotely controlled switch our outlet (with appropriately rated capacity of course) to start/stop a shop vac or dust extractor by a verbal command. I bought a refurbed 2nd Gen Echo Dot for the shop for $29 not long ago. That's not much more than the price of a clock.
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