Can I replace cut cord on eson V700 photo scanner

Can I repair an epson v700 photo scanner on which the cord attaching to of the top unit to the bottom unit has been cut? Epson says not consumer replaceable.

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You need a soldering iron with a fine tip, some 1/16" heat shrink tubing, an utility knife, a wire stripper suitable for thin (28awg or thereabouts) wires, and a hot air gun or cigarette lighter.

Remove 3/4" of the outer sheath of the cable on both ends. If the cable has a wire shield, unbraid it and wrap the wires together to one side. If it has a foil shield, simply remove it but leave the drain wire (an uninsulated wire that contacts the shield for continuity) intact.

Strip 1/8" (not more!) of insulation off the lead wires at both ends. Tin the stripped ends with a small amount of solder. Put a 3/8" piece of heat shrink tubing on each lead wire at one end (preferably the end that came out longer if there is one).

Then proceed to solder the ends of the corresponding lead wires (they will almost certainly be color coded) together. Be careful not to heat the shrink tubing to much while you solder the wires, hold it well back from the solder joint until you're done. Having an extra pair of hands comes in handy in this type of job ;)

Once you soldered the wires, check if the connections are firm, then slide the shrink tubing over the joints and heat it with a hot air gun or a small flame (carefully) from a cigarette lighter. Then solder the shield or drain wires together.

Test if the scanner will work correctly, if it doesn't, inspect your work to see where you messed up ;)

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Flying Dutchman:

Thank a lot. I take nervous courage. But the gamble may be worth it.

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@nixphoto if you're a beginner when it comes to soldering irons, try cutting an old USB or network cable in half and practice on that ;)

Those Epson scanners are superb kit, I have an older transparency-capable Epson, got it from my photo lab for what amounts to spare change 'cause the owner thought it was broken and had already bought a new one, the problem turned out to be a bad USB cable :) - it handles 135 negatives very nicely indeed.

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Just grab some wires and tie them together so you have a connection. It might look crude but it should work.

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This was a simple repair, one epson said was not a consumer repair. Removed five screws to remove top cover, ordered cord, it snapped in place. One screw to a ground-like wire and another to the bottom unit and works like a charm.

Thanks for all the input. nixphoto

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