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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:07 am 
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I have a ten year old PC belt sander and I just noticed the rubber strain relief where the cord exits the housing is cracking like it's dried up. Can something be applied to slow this down? Same thing is happening to a DeWalt drill I have.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:32 pm 
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Well, MN, if it were mine (and I don't know if this is correct to do this....), I would take some electrician's black tape, and neatly put a couple of cascading wraps (start at one end, overlap a bit on the previous wrap, and so on) around the rubber strain relief. Be sure to wrap tightly and neatly.

Next, I would look at what may be causing the cracking. If the strain relief areas are being bent while they are being stored, they would show some cracks. If they are being stored in a very warm area, that might cause the cracks. Maybe a lot of temperature changes?

I'm actually puzzled by the cracking, because I store my portable tools in the plastic cases they came in, and sometimes the strain relief's are bent so I can put fit the cords in the case. None of mine are cracked. I have a 30+ year old Craftsman 3/8" drill that isn't cracked. I hope you figure out what is causing the cracking and please share with us.

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Yep, electricians tape is also my fix for this. At least till it gets to the point where a new cord is needed.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:03 am 
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You're talking a relatively inexpensive repair. Especially on something ten years old which was probably made to come apart. Buy a new strain relief as a minimum, though I would get a new cord as well because what was corroding the strain relief might be doing the same to the insulation. Worst case you'll need some solder wick and an iron, but betting on screws and crimps.

You're not keeping the cat box under the tool cabinet, are you?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:16 am 
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Thanks all ! Tape it is until the need to disassemble arrives.

No NB but it's in the same room in a corner of the basement, ammonia ? is that your thinking. Well maybe but it is cleaned regularly and there is no smell.

Anyway thanks again


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