Shopvac dead - fusible link?

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  1. coopns

    coopns New Member

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    ShopVac suddenly stopped. Took it apart and after some research looks like a fusible link. Do I buy that or make one? Should those two metal ends in the picture be connected? If so, how and with what.

    I hooked on the multimeter and it made a sound/number moved when I put a piece of copper between the two end connectinos. It looks like those should be connected at the ends there ...Please advise. Go gentle now, just learning.

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  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

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  4. coopns

    coopns New Member

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    Where would you buy such a thing? Would they have them at the big box stores or would I have to got to a electrical supply company?

    Thanks for the link.

    Coop
     
  5. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    The Armature does not look to good in that motor.

    It will need to be cleaned up and the brushes should be replaced.

    Protectors open for a reason. You can buy thermal protectors online.

    http://electronics.mcmelectronics.com/search?w=thermal fuse

    It would be better to get the original parts from the manual if you can find them.


    Good Luck.
     
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  6. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Throw the damn thing in the trash and buy a new one
     
  7. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That may be a good idea.

    Most likely the bearings are in need of replacement also.
     
  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    There's probably a good reason why the fusible link blew: bearings, brushes, dirt, worn insulation, etc...sometimes it's not the best idea to patch it back together.
     
  9. cwhyu2

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    Laughed so hard tears rolled down my leg:D
     
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