Tuesday, May 07, 2013
75 Cent Surge Protector
I bought this surge protector/power strip at a yard sale for 75 cents. You can never have too many…unless you do. Unfortunately when plugged in, the two switched outlets didn’t work, nor did the little green light come on.
I opened it up and checked the fuses on the phone jacks, they were fine.
Checked the plug/buss (?) bars. They were fine.
Checked continuity between the middle pad with the black wire and the lower pad with the black wire. These are connected by the power switch. No continuity in either switch position!
Looked at the switch.
It wiggles. I don’t think it’s supposed to do that.
Ah, the leads from the switch are loose and the solder around them has cracked.
I just pulled the switch out (from the other side), leaving gaping holes.
I cleaned and tinned the switch leads, flowed some new solder around and mixed with the old. Got the switch leads hot from the other side as well in hopes of drawing solder up the via a bit. Wiped off a lot of the nasty flux mess.
Easiest way to test, and the switched outlets, switch.