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Hi I needed a tv for my ps2 and GameCube as they look blurry on HD TVs, I dug this tv out of the spare room but unfortunately whoever put it away just dumped it there without paying attention to the wire, I think the tv was on the power lead thus the dents and the cut.

Now the tv works fine and I’ve had a closer look at the lead, the copper doesn’t seem to be damaged it’s not sticking out or anything like that, but it seems the blue and brown (I think) casing around the copper has been “grazed” so a tiny bit of the copper is exposed.

Should I be worried? Is it dangerous? Or could I just patch it up with some electric tape?


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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes! Replace the cord! \$\endgroup\$ – winny Mar 28 '18 at 16:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ Exposed copper means it's absolutely dangerous. Breaks in the outer insulation mean it's only a matter of time before it becomes dangerous. \$\endgroup\$ – Finbarr Mar 28 '18 at 16:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Re, "...they look blurry on HD TVs." Blurry as compared to what? Blurry as compared to HD content? that is to be expected. Your game consoles probably will look blurry on an old TV set too, but you wouldn't have noticed it so much back when those consoles were new because everything on TV was equally blurry back then. \$\endgroup\$ – Solomon Slow Mar 28 '18 at 16:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Trevor_G a new cable or a new house.. or a new Potato. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Mar 28 '18 at 16:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Replacing the cable is not a big job if you know what you are doing. It looks like pretty standard twin core cable. Clearly you don't know what you are doing so don't this yourself pay someone who does. I would probably charge only a couple of rounds of drinks for my girlfriend and myself if you were my neighbour ask around you can probably find someone easy enough. \$\endgroup\$ – Warren Hill Mar 28 '18 at 17:30

If this is the power lead, (not clear from picture but wire colors would insinuate that) then absolutely replace the power lead.

You could carry out a repair, however seeing as you needed the advice of this site to diagnose the magnitude of this problem, I would advise against it.


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