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    Hi all

    I just bought a 45m power extension reel and stupidly cut through it yesterday when trimming the hedges.

    I have lost about 10m of cable and wonder if its possible to join it again. I have rewired the plug so the reel works fine but I don't want to loose the 10m or so I chopped off if it can be helped.

    If possible what would be the best way to do this.

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    Chris

    P.S This is the one I bought

    http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/electrica...skuId=11039600

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    Simple answer, yes. However, doing it safely and properly will put a short 'less flexible' section in the cable. It's simply a matter of jointing both ends, heatshrinking the individual conductors then the overall cable at the repair point.
    Overall length lost should be all of around 30-50mm.

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    Thats good to hear. Thank you

    Should I solder the three inner cables together or is there a better way to join them.

    Sorry if im asking stupid questions.

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    Solder the individual cables together but make sure its a good join to ensure it doesnt come apart later when the cable is pulled.
    Heat shrink the individual cables, and then either heat shrink the lot or just get the outter part of the damaged cable to cover it up or use a bit of a hose pipe or similar. then cover with electrical tape.

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    Thanks very much all. Off now to get some different sizes of heat shrink.

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    When soldering the 3 separate wires, keep the joins staggered from each other and not right next to one another.

    1. It'll make the join less bulky.
    2. Less chance of the wires shorting against one another if the heat shrink moves or chafes through.

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    Thanks Dave. Good idea. Will do that

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    IMHO, joining the 'cut off' piece back on is a bad idea. It wont stand up to much winding and unwinding. In a professional environment i.e. having to be pat tested, this would most likely be a fail (i'd fail it). I personally would buy a single trailing plug and or socket and make a seperate 10m extension to add to the 35m one should you require it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWilko View Post
    IMHO, joining the 'cut off' piece back on is a bad idea. It wont stand up to much winding and unwinding. In a professional environment i.e. having to be pat tested, this would most likely be a fail (i'd fail it). I personally would buy a single trailing plug and or socket and make a seperate 10m extension to add to the 35m one should you require it.

    Hmmmm your logic makes sense and has got me thinking now. All the unwinding and winding back in again would probably break it.

    I will just go and get another extension to extend it.

    Lesson learnt the hard way. Keep them cables out of the way of the hedge trimmer

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    dont join it i woukd also fail it solder isnt a proper join for any 240v

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