Extension cords are getting more expensive due to the rise in copper prices. Keep your extension cords in good condition by replacing damaged plugs and sockets.

Cut off the old plug from the end of the cord. Use a knife to cut the jacket coating on the outside of the wires. Be careful not to slice the wires, just peel the coating back carefully. Strip the wires to remove the protective coating on each strand, and then separate the wires from each other. Screw each wire into the proper location in the plug.

The more of the insulated jacket you can leave on the wires, the less the wires will wear when using them. Make sure there is enough bare wire for a connection, but don’t cut the insulated jacket any more than needed. When the wires are secure, screw the cover back on the plug to put everything back together. Then, you’re ready to use your repaired extension cord.