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Rowenta Iron Do you know where I can locate a "screwdriver" to take this iron apart? There is a short in the cord. thanks

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  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2007

    Rowenta Proffessional DX8800 Iron - approx. 2 years old - apparently a short in the cord - iron end.



    Have taken no steps to resolve problem. Can you tell me where to take to have it fixed? Is it worth fixing?


  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2007

    MY de-336 has a short in the cord. I do not have a tool to take it apart and repair it. The iron cuts on and off as I use it

  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    i have the same problem. i'll look at lowes for the screwdriver head.

  • antzy Aug 24, 2008

    Short in cord - was going on & off, now no power at all. CAN'T OPEN - DON'T HAVE CORRECT SCREWDRIVER.

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Special screw called "Torx tamper proof" call 925 8271011 and order "Rowenta tool" $10.00 plus shipping-this place also sells Rowenta parts

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I have a Rowenta Professional Titan Plus, Model DE-821 steam iron. The bottom plate is loose and nearly falling off. I bought the appropriate screw at the hardware store and removed the bottom screw. How do I dissemble the iron from there? Anyone know? thanks.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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I have a DX9800 so the screws might be different, but a Torx T-20 regular tip takes out the two screws on the base, it takes a security t-20 torx tip to remove the screw in the base, hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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Old school Swiss Army knife like MacGyver used. The "can opener attachment with the flat head on the tip is a perfect fit!

Posted on Apr 06, 2009

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    After you take the two screws on the bottom out, take a small flat-head and pry the bottom plate off. The short is probably somewhere in the bend from flexing. Cut the wires inside the iron base, leaving enough slack to splice with a wire nut. Loosen the cord crimper and pull the wire through (making cord shorter on plug end) until you can cut past the break in the wire. Splice with wire nuts and reassemble. Now pat yourself on the back for saving $100 on a new iron!

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Go to home depot buy s single srewdriver or a multy size set.

 or wal-mart 

Posted on Oct 14, 2007

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