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I have a d4c rainbow vacuum, need help replacing the electrical cord

I have opened the vac up and removed the old elec cord and replaced it with the new one and now the vac won't run. I had to use a safety pin to remove the old wires from the switch before placing the new ones in. Is there by chance a reset button??? I purchased a cord from a rainbow dealer. any help is greatly appreaciated.

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There is no reset button, but some of those old switches are very touchy . . . if there was some  corrosion, you may not have a good contact (was enough of the new wire insulation stripped away, before putting it into the switch) . . . 
I prefer splicing, rather than going all the way to the switch  . . its just a matter of cutting out the old cord and splicing in the new cord in a convenient spot up in the motor compartment. . . a Rainbow purist would run the new cord all the way up into the power on/off rocker switch that's built into the top of the handle and then wire the new cord in there, directly at the switch . . . that way means no splicing . . . I've done it both ways, but I prefer to splice and use wire connectors inside the motor compartment . . . because going further, all the way up directly into the on/off switch just to avoid splicing the new cord in requires taking more things apart . . . and risks screwing up the power switch . . . that's not worth the extra time and trouble, IMHO.  (This from someone who has dismantled and refurbished over 200 D4C and SE models)

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FYI, there is a good chance that when you used that rainbow standard issue safty pin , u may have damaged the switch internally, or your connections are not making good contact.................good luck.......ps do you have power at the receptical where you plugged in your cord?........check it..........

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you have to splice them. Use crimp-on wire connectors (best), or threaded twist-on wire connectors. Do NOT just twist wire strands together and tape wires without using wire connectors . . . that is a NO-NO.

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