Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by skaizun Easy to install; works great
I turned the wall light switch on and immediately smelled smoke. It turned out that my 50+ year old lamp cord had frayed where it met the plug, and was shorting against the other bare wire. When I put my hand on the plug, it broke into three pieces; turns out, it wasn't the first time it had been repaired (i.e., the original plug broke years before that, probably by my father). The old plug was the "snap-in" kind, which doesn't require insulation to be stripped, but, that means that the sharp "needle," as it were, inside the plug, has to pierce the insulation fully to ensure a connection. I discovered, long ago, that these are not the best plugs to use, because they don't pierce fully without a LOT of pressure (I've broken a couple trying to do so with my bare hands!), and the slightest twisting or pulling of the wire can cause the insulation to slide over it, thus causing a disconnect, or it overstrips the insulation, causing the short. Given that, I wanted a plug that required stripping and would be connected to the plug with screws, not unlike that of an electrical socket. This plug met that requirement. The hardest part was stripping the insulation (separating the cord 1-1/2" then stripping 3/4" to the bare wire, per the instructions). Then, it was easy to connect the wires to their corresponding screws (see photos showing the wire connected to the plug; the ribbed side is on the left and goes to the silver screw, while the smooth side goes to the copper colored screw on the right). It was a little difficult to close the plug over the wires, but, a little extra pressure did the trick, and then I screwed in the outside screw, which secured the wires, snugly. I plugged it into the wall socket, and it worked just fine. I then tried to plug it into the polarized extension, which works off the room light switch, but, I had a devil of a time pushing it in, and couldn't get it to go in, fully. However, it is in about 98% of the way, perfectly secure, and is on a bare, wood floor, so, no problem with short circuiting or someone tripping over it, etc. This was just what I needed, and it took all of 5 minutes to strip the wires and install them into the plug.
March 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DCHusky Installation was easy
Installation was easily completed on the appliance AC cord.
January 31, 2012