"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Dan/Panther, October 17, 2008, 12:20:15 AM
Quote from: Dennis Markham on July 25, 2011, 10:38:16 AMI've used Woolite on several cloth cords, both Brown and Ivory. It really helps remove the dirt. I just soak the cords in a bowl containing Woolite and then gently scrub them with a tooth brush. Let them air dry.I have not tried to improve the stretched coils of a cloth cord but have one that needs it. I'm anxious to see your results.
Quote from: Doug Rose on July 25, 2011, 10:52:13 AMDennis.....did you notice if your teeth were whiter after using the Woolite on your toothbrush? .....Doug
Quote from: Dan/Panther on October 17, 2008, 12:20:15 AMIf you have a distorted, or bent coiled handset cord, that is still in servicable condition, but frankly looks too bad to use. Try what I did.Take a piece of wooden dowel, or steel rod, 3/8 of an inch in diameter. Find or cut a piece that is about an inch or two longer than the cord is when completely compressed together.Secure one end of the cord to the dowel or rod, using duct tape. Then coil the cord tightly around the dowel, or rod. Secure the other end with duct tape.Then secure the ends with tiewraps.Now run hot water over the coiled cord, dry off with compressed air, or blow the water off, then let set until completely cooled. The coil will now be like new.If the cord was dirty, you can also clean it before you wrap it around the dowel or rod.Dan
Quote from: Dan/Panther on October 19, 2008, 06:15:53 PMHere are the results, of the cord two days on the rod, in the sun, one day in the freezer. The sun did work better than hot water. If the cord had been in the hot water longer it may have worked as well, but the sun method seems safer.D/P
Quote from: Brinybay on September 21, 2012, 08:01:57 PMDan, I tried this method for the first time since it seemed to be a "quick and dirty" method that was easy to do with stuff I had on hand. I coiled the cord on a 3/8" wooden dowel and secured it per your instructions, poured boiling water over it, let is sit in the hot water for a spell (not real long) then ran it under cold water and dryed it off with a hair dryer. It worked fairly well. Only question now is will the cord stay that way? This was the latest phone I acquired, a 52 black 500. The cord was actually worse than in the before picture because I've been using it as my main work phone.