Introduction

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

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

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  • 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.

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Image 1/3: The broken piece is only included with the motor and switch. Image 2/3: The broken piece is only included with the motor and switch. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/1: I was able to buy it at a home improvement store for $4.00.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Remove the tension plate (the metal piece). Image 2/3: Put in the switch. The terminals are at a bad angle, so we will bend them to fit. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/2: Try it in and see how well it fits. It might need some tweaking. Image 2/2: 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.

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Image 1/1: The other wire needs to be a bit longer, so it gets an extension and a new terminal.
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: I found that my switch didn't quite set perfectly. It was a bit up on one side. Image 2/2: 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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