And it was a huge one.
I use my transformer regularly. I paid $185 dollars for my transformer on sale, and need it to run my heavy duty grain grinder, and my sewing machine. I didn't want to have to buy a new transformer, but without a usable plug, did I really have a choice?
I put the converter away, borrowed my friend's food processor that didn't need a transformer, and made my food... and then forgot about it.
My brother is getting married in two weeks, and the dress I bought needs some alterations done to it, and instead of paying a seamstress to do it, I decided to do what alterations I could, and only pay the seamstress for what I don't know how to do. So last night, I cut and pinned the dress, took out the sewing machine, took out the transformer, since my sewing machine is also an American appliance, went to plug in the transformer, and then remembered- the plug is broken; it is unusable.
Then Mike said "You can just change the plug, its not a big deal".
My whole life, if a plug broke, that's it. It's garbage. We never replaced plugs growing up and I grew up in a frugal household.
But Mike said it was easy, so simple that he didn't even know why I'd put it on my blog, since it's something everyone knows how to do. I said if I don't know how to do it, it means that it isn't common knowledge, something that everyone knows.
He was right.
It was easy.
|$1.50 from the hardware store|
I brought it home intending to do it myself, but in the end Mike did it, me snapping pictures the whole time. (Sorry that the pics aren't so clear, he didn't stop for me to take pictures each step, so this is what I got.)
In addition to the plug, Mike used a razor blade and two types of wire cutters/strippers, and a screw driver. If we hadn't had them at home already buying them would have added a little to the cost, but since we had them already, it didn't.
Using the wire strippers, he then pulled the casing off the wire, exposing the three inner wires.
He then used wire cutters to cut the casing on each of the inner wires, and then pulled off the casing, leaving an inch of copper wire exposed on each wire.
Meanwhile he unscrewed the plug, and it contained three prongs, each containing a hole and a screw, as well as a black piece which I'll get to in a bit. Mike unscrewed the screw on each prong a bit to make room for the wire.
He twisted the copper wire together so each wire was small enough to thread through the hole in the prong. and then screwed the screw back in to secure the copper wire in each prong.
Then he put each prong in its proper place, making sure the yellow grounding wire was in the right place, and that none of the copper wires were touching each other.
And from another angle.
Then he screwed the cover back on.
Voila! And it's done! Now the real question is... does it work?
I didn't believe it until I saw it, so I plugged in the transformer, took out the food processor, and turned it on.
This is so exciting! So exciting to know how to do something that I thought was reserved for electronics. And it was so simple that I'm not afraid of getting electrocuted!
And I'm really glad that by spending $1.50 I saved myself from needing to buy another $185+ transformer!
One last thing- every country's plugs are different, and replacing the plug in each country will be slightly different, but the basic idea remains the same. Cut the wire, expose the wires, secure them in the prongs (making sure they're the correct ones), then put it all back together. Really wasn't hard at all.
Whole thing took less than 5 minutes!
And now on to fix my dress!
Have you ever replaced a plug before? What kind of appliance was it? Did you find it hard or simple?
Who is right- me or Mike? Is replacing a plug something that everyone knows how to do, or something that not everyone knows how, and it wasn't silly to post it here?