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Can I put a cap over this plug? #5279013 11/27/19 03:56 PM
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https://imgur.com/a/nsp4JVG

It is for an old drill. It was old when I saw it in my dad's garage when I was a kid, and now I have it.

My question is--can I put something (a plastic cover of some kind) over the plug, to cover this up? It is for a drill, it is working just fine. I'm just worried about something getting inside & ending the life of this drill prematurely. If they don't sell that type of thing, would it make any sense for me to simply wrap electrical tape over it?


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279048 11/27/19 04:27 PM
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Hardware stores should have inexpensive replacement plugs that have the correct insert you are missing. I would try to use one and then electrical tape around the edges, so it doesn't get lost like the original one. Failing that, I have used electric tape to cover and protect the exposed wires. I would put in a double layer. Third option would be to make a pattern and cut out a paperboard new one and tape it on.

Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279131 11/27/19 06:01 PM
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Here is some electrical insulating paper. Trace around and cut it out. Glue in place.


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279140 11/27/19 06:07 PM
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I would replace the entire cord, not just the plug.


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279195 11/27/19 07:28 PM
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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5279210 11/27/19 07:44 PM
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That looks promising. So it would essentially swallow up what I have now? I would just plug in the current prong, into the innards of the yellow plug? Or would I have to cut the plug off, and then work the wires in my cable, inside the yellow unit?

Originally Posted by Sunnyinhollister


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279222 11/27/19 08:05 PM
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Spend the $3 on a new plug.


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: Chris142] #5279226 11/27/19 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
Spend the $3 on a new plug.



Like the one Sonny recommended? Or did you mean something different?

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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279269 11/27/19 08:52 PM
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Short term solution: Tape an air-tight seal on the cord end of the plug, hold it upright and fill it with epoxy.

Long term solution: Replace the cord and plug, and clean and lube the inside.

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We upgraded to a three prong cord on a 60 plus year old drill. It was easy to find a screw for the bonding conductor. This is assuming a metal drill.


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Re: Can I put a cap over this plug? [Re: paulri] #5279335 11/27/19 10:30 PM
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Depending on just exactly how "old" old is, chances are good that the cord is rubber insulated and if not already dry-rotted, it will at some point in the future.

I'd head to the hardware store, get as much cord of the appropriate gauge as I wanted to have on it, terminate it with a new plug, and call it a day. A plug should be $5 or less, and a few feet of cord will be about the same.


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