Power tools are just as useful for DIY home renovation projects as they are for professional use. They help save time and make the task easier for the user. However, continued use, improper handling, and poor maintenance can sometimes make the tools malfunction. When this happens, you need to know how to fix the problem. Here is how you can go about it:
Diagnosing the Problem
Trying to pinpoint the problem is usually the most important yet tricky part of fixing power tools. Nonetheless, you have to know this before you do anything else because at times, tightening a loose wire is all the fixing you may need to do. The tool’s manual can come in handy in problem diagnosis.
Getting Spare Parts
While some repairs are simple, there are those which may require you to break down the motor. In such instances, you may also have to get power tool spare parts from a tool centre. As you do this, it’s important that you find compatible replacements to avoid causing further damage.
Replacing the Cord
When repairing power tools, you need to adhere to safety. You have to look out for broken or rusted parts and unplug the equipment from the power source before you try to take it apart. To replace the cord, you should remove the casing, disconnect the cord wires and then replace them with the new ones, ensuring that each of them goes to the correct terminal. The safety cover should be replaced once the task is completed.
Carbon brushes transfer current from the motor to other parts of your tools – they act like a bridge between the different parts. Thus, with continued use, these brushes are bound to wear out at some point. The good thing is that making brush replacements is one of the simplest tasks in power tool repairs. You only need to obtain the right replacements, disassemble the motor, locate and slide out the old brushes, slip in the new ones in the same spot and then reassemble the parts tightly.
Switches are meant to turn the router on and off as needed but when used over a long period, they are likely to get damaged. Replacing switches is easy because for one, the replacements ones are not expensive and once you have one in hand, you can simply insert it into the housing (once you remove the old one)and restore your tool into its useful state again. With these simple steps, you don’t have to toss your tool aside every time it seems to go dead.