Testing my Razer Kraken X-Gaming headset, my cat scratched my feet. To roughly translate this behavior, you must erase and play everything. It only took me five minutes to complete the tests and thought my domesticated roommate could wait.
I turned away for a moment, only to notice that she was chewing through the cable of the gaming headset to grab my attention. Instead of delaying the review, my boss guided me through a basic cable repair guide I can now share with you.
Why You Should Learn to Repair Cables
For one, this is an impressive, yet easy to learn. Anyone whose cable is torn, torn or frayed will benefit from learning how to do it.
Regardless of how careful you are, accidents happen. If your headset does not have a detachable cable, you can repair it in less than 30 minutes with just a few tools. This not only applies to frayed cables, but also to bent headphone sockets. If the cable of the headset has not been bitten by a pet, you must remove the bent socket of your headphones. Then, find a pair of replacement earbuds to cut off the working, unbroken headphone jack. The end result will be a Frankensteined masterpiece. No matter why you want to learn how to repair your cables, this is a basic, lifetime capability that can benefit you and others financially.
What you need
The goal is function before form, so it has won. & # 39; do not look pretty … but it will work. You can not buy any more tools, but we are going the path of DIY basics. If you want to beautify the repair, invest in heat shrink tubing. This is only necessary if you are using the headphones instead of using them at a desk. Otherwise, you can do what I have done and wrap the exposed wires with electrical tape. There are only two things you need to get your headset back to working order:
- A penknife, either with a special strippers or with a bottle opener opposite the blade
- A lighter
- Optional: Heat shrink tubing, which can also be picked up at Ace hardware in your area if you do not want to wait for a two-day shipment
How to Repair the Cable
From start to finish, it's only a few steps. The worst part is how boring it feels. Clean up flammable items before you start. While it is unlikely that anything dangerous will happen, let us not tempt fate. The bathroom is a well controlled environment.
Step 1: Strip the cable.
When the cable is completely disconnected, we will strip the outer jacket. If you've never done that before, practice the longer piece as I have not done before. If you screw it up, you can always cut the bug and try again.
Insert ~ 2 inches of cable into the stripper or notch of your knife. If it is an actual stripper, this part can snap in at a 90 degree angle. If it's a bottle opener, lower the piece while holding the cable in place. Lower it further until it is clamped between the knife handle and the bottle opener. Now sink the knife until it cuts only through the vagina.
From here, hold the longer side of the cable still while rotating the knife in a full circle. It helps to apply some pressure on the handle when turning. Make sure that you do not press too hard and damage the internal wiring. If it comes to damage, we have therefore started with the longer cable piece.
In case of mistakes, be sure to practice with the longer, disconnected piece of cable.
Once you have turned the blade around the axle jacket, pull the knife and the excess cable in opposite directions. This will remove the sheath and make three or four wires visible. The Razer Kraken X has four color coded wires: red, blue, green and copper. Set this section of the original cable aside and repeat this procedure for the other part of the damaged cable.
When working with a flat or ribbon cable, an X-Acto knife is more effective than a pocket knife. This is a trickier process. Make a 2-inch side cut along the cable. You can then lift the flaps to expose the wires. From there, individually pull out by hand or with tweezers.
Step 2: Remove the wire coating.
Once you have each wire You will need to remove some of the paint from the base of each cable to identify which cable is which, so you can not guess and see if it turns red Connect green to green, etc.
Burn each wire one by one, it takes only one or two seconds for the exposed wire to show under the molten coating, and when the flame runs down the wire, simply blow it out. Slide each finished wire aside as you move to the next When all the coatings are baked, remove the ashes. I did that with my fingernail, but a paper towel is enough.
Set this piece of original cable aside and repeat the process with the other piece.
Step 3: Join the wires
We are on the home stretch. Now you have to re-attach each wire. When you've gone the extra mile and picked up a heat shrink tube, slide it onto each piece of cable that's been removed from the exposed wires. We will use this later.
Heat shrink tubing protects the wiring better and is less painful than electrical tape.
Do you remember when I mentioned that you should leave some color on each wire? Here is the reason. You have to wind the corresponding wires together. This is the hardest step. It has to be done carefully so as not to shred the threads. At the same time, the wrapper should be firm so that the wires do not fall apart.
Although it does not matter in what order you get in, putting on and taking off will save you a slight headache. In a short-sighted onslaught, I did the opposite, making attaching the inner wires a pain.
If you do not use a heat shrink tube:
Wrap each repaired wire one at a time with a thin piece of pre-cut electrical tape. This will isolate and protect the wires. From there, wrap all three tape-wrapped wires into a single piece of tape. Viola. For household use that should be durable.
If you use a shrink tube:
You only need to wrap two of the wires in a thin, pre-cut piece of insulating tape. Then slide the shrink tubing over the covered wires again. Hold a lighter under the tube. Be careful not to bring the flame into contact with the hose. This causes the hose to contract and tighten around the wiring. Congratulations, you are ready to listen again.
Why self-repair plays an individual and global role.
Home improvement is about more than a crowded Pinterest board. It promotes the effectiveness of consumers and protects the environment. As we know from smartphones and laptops, our beloved gadgets are often made with an expiration date. The hot-button term for this is the planned obsolescence. However, this goes beyond handsets, as the cables are often the first component that fails with headphones and earphones.
Auto repair is a great skill that does not sort out money every time the headphone cables break. Not only does this give you a better understanding of how the technology works, it also saves you money.
Besides, being produced headphones are not cheap. The environment and ecosystems must be badly damaged in order to produce them. When they break, many of us, including myself, usually dump them in the trash. The waste management then transports these from the ends of our driveways to landfills. Often, this waste is dumped in an underdeveloped country to channel corrosive, toxic by-products into the earth and into the water.
By exporting our garbage to countries that are too poor to reject, our garbage immediately affects the health of the population. This outsourcing is just one way to sweep the problem under the carpet. If garbage is not in stagnant waters, it is burned. It releases dioxins, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are highly toxic and, if overexposure to humans, can lead to developmental disorders, cancer and damage to the immune system.
They also have a socio-economic impact on the region. Countries need to find a way to deal with imported waste. However, in some cases this dumping is illegal. After a lengthy dispute, the Philippines returned 1.5 tonnes of unsanctioned garbage, which was wrongly classified as recyclable plastic in 2013 and 2014, to Canada.
Sure, you will not change the world with a single cable repair. Macro changes, however, start at the micro level. If you repair your own cables, you will not be left stranded and helpless when something breaks. If we all do cable repairs at home, we can extend our knowledge to more expensive, environmentally harmful products like smartphone repair. However, the immediate impact is that you need to save money quickly and avoid the need to deal with an automated customer service representative: the real danger of product failure.