How to Fix a Headphone Cable

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How to Fix a Headphone Cable
Fix the problems you are having with your headphone's cable. (girl with headphone image by Jane September from

Headphones allow you to listen to your music on the go without disrupting other people around you. However, if the cable of the headphones is damaged, the audio signal may not reach your ears. These are some simple fixes to common headphone issues.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electrical tape
  • 3.5mm to 1/4 inch adaptor
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire sealant
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Check the connection port on the stereo system you want to plug the headphones into. You may notice your headphone jack is too small to fit into the stereo system. This is because your headphones use a 3.5mm connection while the stereo requires a 1/4 inch connection. Insert the 3.5mm jack into a quarter inch adaptor to correct this issue and plug the adaptor into the stereo system.

  2. 2

    Look over the headphone cable. If any wire is exposed, this is potentially dangerous and may lead to a short out. Wrap electrical tape around the exposed wire to secure the wire and prevent it from ripping.

  3. 3

    Inspect your headphone cable if it has been severed. Remove 1/4 inch of the rubber wire covering on each side of the cut with wire strippers. Slide the wire sealant over one side of the wire and push it far enough over so you still have access to all of the wire. The wire sealant is a thin tube that shrinks when heat is applied. Push the two ends of the cut wire together and wrap the wire together. Slide the wire sealant over the exposed wire and ignite the lighter under it. This shrinks the sealant around the wire. After the sealant cools, wrap some electrical tape around the area to add additional protection.

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