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As a fix, can black electrical tape repair chew damage, from mice,on the wires to my electric burner stovetop? There is silver exposed wires. Thanks K

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It will do as a very temporary fix only: the repair will be nowhere near as safe as the undamaged wire. By temporary I mean that it will get you by until the shops open so you can buy the correct parts. Make sure that the unit is turned off at the breaker or at the wall plug when the stovetop is not in use.

The correct repair is to lay baited mousetraps and clean up any spilled food debris around the cooker which has been attracting the mice as prevention is a vital part of the fix, and the wire must be replaced entirely or fixed properly. To fix it properly you cut the damaged section and remove sufficient inner and outer pvc sheathing to allow appropriate sizes of heat shrink tubing to be slid onto one of the cut ends and out of the way of the bare conductor. The bare ends are then twisted together and soldered (twisting alone is NOT sufficient). You then slide the heat shrink tubes up over the repair sites and shrink it into place with a hot air gun (not a naked flame) allowing a 1" overlap at each end onto the existing sheathing. If there is a bare unsheathed earth conductor (i.e. it never had a sheath to start with), then just solder it and leave it bare as before. When the inner wires have been joined, you then slide up a larger diameter piece of heat shrink tube over the complete repair site with a 2" overlap at each end to complete the outer pvc sheathing. If you cannot solder wires together then just replace the complete wire. Screw-type terminal blocks are not sufficient or safe enough for this application.

All of the parts can be purchased from good DIY stores and any electricians' store. If you wish to buy a complete wire but don't know which one then take the old one to the store for comparison purposes and ask if you're unsure. Finally, if you're not familiar with basic wiring principles then do not repair this yourself and get someone who knows what they're doing to make the repair. Mistakes are not an option as they can be lethal.

Good luck, I hope that you soon remedy the problem. I hope that my answer has been clear and of practical assistance. Please take a moment to rate my reply.

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

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