Repair A Frayed Cord And Install A Protective Cover Over It

Posted on: 25 October 2016

If the end of the power cord that is connected to your kitchen's under cabinet lighting system is frayed, wrap the damaged area with electrical tape and cover the repaired section with a power cord shield by completing the steps below. Once you have finished, use the lighting as needed in a normal manner. 

Materials

  • embroidery needle
  • electrical tape
  • scissors
  • clear plastic shields
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • screws
  • power drill
  • plastic band

Tape The Damaged Portion Of The Wire

Before taping the wire, turn off the under cabinet lighting and unplug the electrical cord that is attached to it so that you are not accidentally harmed while handling exposed wiring. Use an embroidery needle or another sharp item to push the loose wiring or insulation back into the wire's casing. Hold your thumb over the portions that need to be covered with tape to assist with holding them in place. Tightly wrap several even layers of electrical tape around the wire until the wiring and insulation is concealed. Trim the tape with a pair of scissors. 

Install A Shield Around The Repaired Portion

Plug in the power cord and press the repaired section against the wall that the electrical outlet is located on to determine where to install a plastic shield. Use a ruler to line up the shield evenly against the wall and a pencil to mark the area where you would like to install the shield. Place the shield directly over the repaired section of the wire and the marks that were made with a pencil. Hold firmly against the shield while you use a power drill to secure a screw through each corner of it. 

Inspect, Repair, And Cover Other Cords In Your Home

Inspect other cords in your home for damage and wrap any that are slightly cracked or have portions of wiring and insulation hanging out from them. Consider placing shields around the repaired wires in the same manner that was used to repair the initial cord. Wire shields are also a useful item to use if you have multiple items plugged into one electrical socket and wires are hanging all over the floor in a room in your home.

Group the wires together in one hand and secure them with a plastic band. Afterwards, place a shield around them and secure it to the wall to prevent the wires from dragging on the floor, which could cause you to accidentally trip over them. 

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