In the past week I managed to give the touch of death (or partial death, really) to two very important electronics in my life: my laptop and my Chi Ultra flat iron.
The laptop is in for repair - I tried mashing every button on that thing to see if I could help breathe some life into it (almost like CPR, really) - so I'm still waiting on the verdict with that one. However, I was bound and determined to attempt to fix my flat iron myself as spending another $99 for a new one (or $35 to mail it in for repair) seemed a bit ridiculous to me.
Here's what happened to mine: in an attempt to keep this very hot necessity away from my toddlers, I hung it (by the cord) over my brother's shower rod while we were visiting him in Brooklyn last week. I also kept the cord tightly wrapped around the iron while traveling all week. Both of these acts are apparent death sentences for the weak cord system that Farouk Systems has designed. Mine would turn on but you had to hold the cord a certain way for it to remain on, so I knew my issue was in the cord, not in the power supply.
I searched around on the web and found a lot of tutorials and boards of people with similar issues. But none seemed to show a step-by-step that I desperately needed for my own security in tampering with all of this.
I reasoned that even if I failed at fixing it I wouldn't be out any money. And honestly, I bought it in June 2009 so it had led a good life with me and at $25 a year, I could hardly complain.
So here is my tutorial. (I promised my hairdresser sister that I'd post lots of pics even if some of them seemed a bit repetitive. She's owned more CHI flat irons than I can imagine.):
My obvious Darwin disclaimers:
1. UNPLUG your iron before working on it.
2. This may/may not work for YOUR broken flat iron.
First, you will have to pop the disc off of each side. I used my fingernail but if it is tight, you may have to use a flat screwdriver.
My flat iron hinge was held together by a screw and a pin. I used a screwdriver to unscrew it and pliers to hold the pin still. Some of yours may have a pin with a screw head on it so use two screwdrivers instead.
Once the hinge screw is out, manually take the two pieces of the flat iron apart. Do this carefully so you don't loosen any electrical connections.
I had two very small screws holding the cover over my cord. Using very small screwdrivers, unscrew these. One of mine came out easily. I had to drill out the other as I had stripped it so badly. It is very helpful to use a clamp at this point to hold your flat iron still while you are working on it.
|The cover is on the bottom near my thumb.|
|The black and white part of the cord slides into the clear plastic cord assembly.|
Since mine worked, I screwed the little cord cover back on and reassembled the hinge.
Lessons I learned:
1. Never wrap the cord around my flat iron.
2. Never hang my flat iron by its cord.
3. Never pay for a brand new flat iron without trying to fix my broken one first.