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Finding lost charge cords, connectors, & adapters for 1$

Thrift Stores usually have bins full of all kinds of cords; chargers, connectors, adapters-you name it-and only a dollar each! I've found everything from expensive, top-of- the-line USB to USB cords to the oddball power cord to my old waffle iron. No matter how old or how new, common or uncommon, digging through the bins at your local thrift store saves not only money, but time and effort as well.

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My cat chewed the wire from my base unit to the electrical socket and I can't find a replacement to fit the base. Where can I buy one?


If the damage is minor, you can cut out the chewed-up part of the cord and splice the remaining parts together. You'll note that the cord is two wires running side-by-side. Separate them for a couple of inches. Strip off a half-inch or so of the insulation from the ends. Twist the bare ends together, from the wall part to the plug, and insulate the connection with electrical tape. Repeat for the other wire. Make sure you keep the polarity correct; one of the wires will have a rib on it or will be marked with a color stripe.

If the cat's made a complete hash of the cord or you don't feel comfortable trying to fix it, Radio Shack sells a good assortment of replacement adapters. You want to find a replacement with the same voltage and current rating as the original and the same size plug to fit the phone base. You might also be able to find a replacement online if you search by your phone's brand and model. Another option is to check thrift stores or resale shops like Goodwill in your area. They often have a lot of these adapters (also called "wall-warts") to pick through, and may have a suitable one. I've been able to find several I've needed at the stores here, and they're usually only a dollar or so.

Of course, the absolute last resort is to replace the phone, but that's no fun.

Radio Shack and big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot sell plastic tubing you can put around wires to gather a bunch of loose ones together and protect against further kitty attack. You might want to invest in some (it's cheap!) to avoid future damage. It's also nice for general neatening of computer or stereo hookups.

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!

May 15, 2011 | Vtech Lands Phones

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Where can I get a power cord for a Roland HP-5500 digital piano? It is 20 yrs. old.


Depending on the type of connector, a GOOD source of two wire power cords is found in thrift stores. Many of these will have plugs that will work.

Dec 09, 2009 | Music

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I need a new power cord for this printer. Where do


Take a look at the LEXMARK document: http://www.lexmark.com/publications/pdfs/1200/AMERICAS/setupsh.pdf

The power-cord is a "standard" power-cord -- nothing special.
Note the "figure-eight" plastic connector at one end.

So, look around ("thrift" stores, "dollar-or-less" stores, local electrical supply stores, and finally the "big-box" stores like BestBuy) -- it should be less than $5.

Oct 31, 2009 | Lexmark X1270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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lost cord


hi,

you can try looking at thrift stores, usually they have a "cord wall" or cord bin, that lexmark I believe has the power supply that kind of fits into the back of the printer so it should be easy to spot, but when you look at the power suppliy make sure it says lexmark on it before you buy it,
just an idea

J

Jul 29, 2008 | Lexmark X1240 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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power cords


It's a plain power cord. Every local electronics store would have one. Just tell 'm it's for a PC and how many you need. He knows what kind of cable to give you.

There are some online stores, but I'm Dutch and I don't know which ones to advise in other countries then my own.

I hope this helps answering your question.
Please rate.

Greetings,

DarkNeogen.

Jan 25, 2008 | Compaq Presario SR1103WM-B (PC183B#ABA) PC...

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