Rated 1.3 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by HammerHead Piece of Junk
I saw all the bad reviews and assumed it was because folks were trying to use this with the heavier wire. I own a small lamp with the proper thin cord and figured this would work for me. I tried it at least 5 times and the inferior switch wouldn't even puncture the cut wire. Seriously, why do they even stock something that doesn't work? Out of principle, I'm returning this $2 part the next time I'm at HD.
October 13, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by JimR This is junk.. you get what you pay for..
I bought this as an in-line switch for a lamp I built. It is pure junk and will not work with the normal lamp power cords. Piercing contacts never made contact with the wires in the cord. Tightening the screw only cause the case to crack.
Do yourself a favor and buy a better quality switch. It seems Home Depot is buying everything from China and it shows in the quality. This was a total waste of money.. as little as it was.. but certainly not worth the level of frustration it created on this project.
January 9, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by SomeGuyInHouston Could be better but works fine
I read the negative reviews of this product but ended up purchasing it anyway because it was available at my local home depot and I needed it that day. I experienced some of the same issues as the previous reviews but with a little bit of fiddling it now looks and works just fine. It did require a little adjusting though so be prepared for that. Below are more specifics.
1) It is made for thin cord and does not fit normal size lamp cord. I was able to fix this by enlarging the cord openings with a needle file. It took a little bit of patience. I kept filing until the cord fit snugly without being forced because I did not want to break the plastic as happened for some previous reviewers. This was not too much trouble but if you don't have any needle files you might want to look for a different switch that has the holes the same size as your cord. I expect the thinking behind having the holes come smaller is that there are a lot of different size cords out there and you can always enlarge the openings but you can't make them smaller if you are working with smaller cord (a snug fit is important to keep the wire from eventually breaking inside the switch). However most customers probably use these on normal size lamp cords and I am a little surprised the openings did not come already correctly sized for this application.
2) Some reviewers comment that the plastic breaks too easily. From reading their reviews I think this is probably because they tried to force the cord into the openings without enlarging them enough. The plastic on mine did not crack or snap at all.
3) Some reviewers commented that the prongs inside the switch did not fully pierce their cord and contact the wire, resulting in the switch not working because there is no connection. I had this problem at first. I took a razor blade and made a small slit in the cord sheathing right at the marks left by the prongs and then put the switch back together and it works perfectly now.
March 30, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by Riggs Poor design & cheap materials
The only gauge wire I see working for this would be your Christmas Lights, and nothing else! The opening is too small for your average appliance wire. Even with a dremel tool to enlarge the opening, the points had a very hard time making the proper connection. Do NOT try to force and over tighten the screw, the case will crack...better off with another product!
September 25, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by SLOBrewer Cord holes too small, case cracks
I should have read the other reviews that warned that the cord holes are too small. When I tightened the screw the case just cracked and the whole thing broke.
April 26, 2014