Introduction

Black and Decker only replaces the switch with a complete motor, so this guide will replace the switch with a commonly available switch.

This is the blower. I have removed the nozzle and strap. This is the blower. I have removed the nozzle and strap.
  • This is the blower. I have removed the nozzle and strap.

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Remove Screws.
  • Remove Screws.

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Remove rear cover. It helps to hold the plug tight to the front housing so the wires stay in place.
  • Remove rear cover. It helps to hold the plug tight to the front housing so the wires stay in place.

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Notice the switch is fine, it's simply the plastic armature that is broken. The broken piece is only included with the motor and switch. The broken piece is only included with the motor and switch.
  • Notice the switch is fine, it's simply the plastic armature that is broken.

  • The broken piece is only included with the motor and switch.

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This switch is easy to find. It's just a single position single throw switch.
  • This switch is easy to find. It's just a single position single throw switch.

  • I was able to buy it at a home improvement store for $4.00.

  • It even fits nicely in the cutout for the original switch/armature.

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Remove the switch/armature. Remove the tension plate (the metal piece). Put in the switch. The terminals are at a bad angle, so we will bend them to fit.
  • Remove the switch/armature.

  • Remove the tension plate (the metal piece).

  • Put in the switch. The terminals are at a bad angle, so we will bend them to fit.

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Bend slowly and carefully. Try it in and see how well it fits. It might need some tweaking.
  • Bend slowly and carefully.

  • Try it in and see how well it fits. It might need some tweaking.

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Now remove the actual electrical switch. No need to worry about the wiring, its just open and closed. Now remove the actual electrical switch. No need to worry about the wiring, its just open and closed.
  • Now remove the actual electrical switch. No need to worry about the wiring, its just open and closed.

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The black wire gets a new wider terminal and just plugs on.
  • The black wire gets a new wider terminal and just plugs on.

  • The other wire needs to be a bit longer, so it gets an extension and a new terminal.

  • I used simple crimp on terminals and splice.

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There was not enough room for the terminal to pass by the plastic housing. I just removed a little and then routed the black wire under the switch. There was not enough room for the terminal to pass by the plastic housing. I just removed a little and then routed the black wire under the switch.
  • There was not enough room for the terminal to pass by the plastic housing. I just removed a little and then routed the black wire under the switch.

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Reassemble. I found that my switch didn't quite set perfectly. It was a bit up on one side.
  • Reassemble.

  • I found that my switch didn't quite set perfectly. It was a bit up on one side.

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Conclusion

This repairs the blower from its poor design.

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Scot Henderson

Member since: 05/18/2015

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This works great. Thank you.

JFGuerrero - Reply

Scot,

Thanks so much for your excellent information!!! The exact same part broke on mine today. I looked at your outstanding detail on what to do. I looked through my stash of stuff and found a toggle switch just like the one you showed but from a different manufacturer. I just got done putting it in as you described and it is better than new now. Works like a champ!

Thanks so much,

John Brodrecht

Casper, WY

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