UNPLUG IT! DON'T TEST IT WHILE IT'S TAKEN APART! DON'T DO THIS WHILE YOU ARE DRUNK!
DON'T BE STUPID! I'm not responsible if you can't follow those guidelines, or even if you can!
Depending on your mechanical aptitude, your tool kit may consist of one of those 10in-one screw drivers and a pliers. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have a full machine shop, wood shop, welding booth and paint booth. Me, I fall in the middle. Like most Americans, I have limited funds, which means I have to do with what I have, save until I can afford that next tool or borrow one! Recently I have been borrowing a table saw, which has been awesome. But Tuesday night I decided the circular saw I got over 8 years ago for a wedding gift (I have an awesome aunt who picked it out for me) would be faster and easier... unfortunately this allowed me to be careless as well. About 0.05 seconds in to cutting a board, I felt a quick jerk, similar to a fish grabbing your hook, before my saw stopped working...
|Whoopsie! My saw with the handle taken apart...|
As you can see above, I took off part of the handle so I could get to the guts of the saw. Below is a better picture.
|Holding the switch in my hand.|
|Here's what I would have to re-create|
In this case, I was very fortunate to have just the supplies on hand! I originally bought this kit because I wanted to make a Steven Harris battery backup system, but unfortunately never have, due to the cost of the batteries. But the tool kit that I bought for this is pictured below. It's a
Neiko® 50413A Wire Terminal and Connection Kit with Crimpers/Wire Stripper | 175 Piece Set.
|The wire terminal and connection kit, with crimpers!|
At roughly $13 (current price), this thing is a must for anyone who repairs anything! I've used this to repair a laundry dryer for somebody, numerous things around the house and now my circular saw. I highly recommend you get two of them!
Okay, back to fixing things...
|Trimming the remaining cable to square off the ends|
|Strip the wires...|
|Slip the eyelet on...|
|Crimp the eyelet in place...|
|Slip the cable protector back over the cord...|
|Screw the power cable back down on the switch...|
|Everything tucked back in place...|
|The final picture...|
Electricity- If this had been a DC current tool, it would have been extremely important that I put the wires back exactly as I had found them. In this case, my saw runs on your typical power grid 60hertz alternating current power supply. It doesn't matter if you swap the white and black wires, it would still work.
So there you have it, I could have forked out a lot of money to buy a new saw, but instead I burned through a couple cents worth of electrical connectors and an hour of my time. Learn to fix your own tools, one day you might have no other choice!
Stay safe out there and God Bless!