What is the best thing to do with loose electrical jacks?
August 23, 2013 7:41 AM Subscribe
I have two electronic devices with loose jacks or poor connections, one laptop where the power cord no longer has a solid connection, and a portable music player with a headphone jack that needs jiggling to get left-channel audio.
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The music player is an inexpensive item (I think I paid $20 for it), but the laptop is otherwise in fine working order. It's a few years old now, but we have no intention of upgrading it any time soon. I've read about replacing the power jack itself, but that seems extreme, as the power cord still works but doesn't make a reliable connection all the time.
I don't have another laptop power supply available to verify that the issue is with the jack and not the cord, but I have checked my headphones in other devices, and I have no issues with the left channel audio dropping out.
I'm imagining some way to "tighten" the connection, but I don't know if that's realistic.