[How] Can I safely repair the nick in this electric cord? Is there anything I can use besides electrical tape?
There is a small nick (pictures: 1
) in the insulation of the cord of a small home appliance (20 Watts, polarized 2-prong plug.) For financial reasons I want to fix it rather than replacing it. This is not an appliance that would be left unattended, but I don't want it to catch fire or shock me.
The nick is very close to the appliance end of the cord (rather than the end that plugs into the wall socket) so I can't just cut it at the nick and put a new plug on. And the way the wire attaches to the motor inside the appliance looks rather complicated as well, so I can't just strip some more of the wire and re-attach the stripped ends to terminals inside, either.
How safe is just using electrical tape if the nick is small and the metal wire is still intact? Is there something better/sturdier/more flexible? (Am I correct that I basically just need to use something that has insulating properties and will stay in place?)
I saw a product called brush-on electrical tape
but I'm not clear on how much of an insulator it is--packaging only emphasizes that it seals out water. Does silicone sealant have sufficient insulating properties? That's more flexible and would seem to make a better patch/seal. I realize that this is not an approved use and would not be to code
, but I'm using this for a personal appliance, not home wiring or an installed washing machine or disposal or anything, so my only concern is safety.