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Repairing/Rejoining wires

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ex_reven, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. ex_reven New Member

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    Ok I have a PS2 Keyboard that was playing up on me (intermittently working). I found that if i pushed the keyboard cable downwards that it would work. So I guessed there was a loose connection.

    I unscrewed it, and it turns out one of the wires was exposed from its sheathing and it seemed damaged/frayed or whatever you call it.

    In an attempt to strip the surrounding wires with my knife (I didnt have wire strippers available to me) I inadvertantly caused damage to the other cables.

    Now, i know nothing about this handyman type crap, so if someone could point me in the right direction on how to do a good permanant fix of the cables I would be greatful.

    Do these steps sound right?
    1 - Strip cable
    2 - Spread different wires apart
    3 - Rejoin wires (by colour code) using solder

    Is soldering a good idea? I fear it might cause short circuiting when touching other wires or solder joints.

    Ill post pics when I get the chance.
     
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  2. keakar

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    well you got nothing to lose by trying if you got lots of time to kill but it takes a steady skilled hand with solder and lots of patience for such tiny wires then sealing them from shorts is an issue so you'll need heat shrink tubing and how big will the cluster fook be when your done.

    heat-shrink tubing http://www.radioshack.com/search/in...-shrink tubing&origkw=heat-shrink tubing&sr=1

    why not just get a new keyboard, you can get one for $10. yes you can get a "quality" keyboard and spend $100 if you want but c'mon its just freakin keys to type on.

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8145358

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...keyboard&s=A-StorePrice-RSK&parentPage=search

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Deals&SubCategory=63&StoreType=2&N=2010290063
     
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  3. oli_ramsay

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    If I were you I would strip all the damaged wires, pull a small amount of sheath off, fuse the colour coded wires together without using solder, the use insullation tape to prevent short curcuiting.
     
  4. ex_reven New Member

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    sweet.

    my mates brother just confirmed that he will reconnect and resheath the cables.

    thanks for your input guys
     
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    yup, should be pretty simple.
     
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    if you're not too skilled with soldering - you can always use crimp terminals to join wires back together. Put some heat shrink tubing over the crimp, then wrap with some electrical tape or otherwise.

    It's about as expensive as soldering, takes less time and skill, and still offers a fix that's as strong as a soldered fix.
     

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