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S-video plastic bit stuck in TV's jack

by Nemoide Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:53 pm

You know how S-video cables have those 4 metal pins and a plastic bit? Well the plastic bit from one of my cables broke off and is stuck in the jack of my TV.

I ended up jamming it in deeper by trying to hook up another s-video cable before I realized what was wrong...
Does anyone have any thoughts on getting it out?

My first idea is to heat a pushpin and stick that in there, piercing the plastic and hopefully getting it out cleanly/easily.
If that doesn't work, maybe I'll get an S-video cable and break off the plastic piece and just use it with a switcher box so I'll never need to mess with it again.

(This is a big heavy CRT TV, I don't want to move it if I don't have it, so I'm not taking it anywhere and I'm not going to take it apart.)
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Re: S-video plastic bit stuck in TV's jack

by samsonlonghair Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:56 pm

Vacuum?
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Re: S-video plastic bit stuck in TV's jack

by Nemoide Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:18 pm

I like that idea! I'll try that first.

UPDATE: vacuuming didn't work, but it did bring the bit closer to the edge. But the hot needle technique did work! (I guess this thread wasn't necessary.)
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Re: S-video plastic bit stuck in TV's jack

by Ziggy587 Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:44 pm

If you try the vacuum, you may want to put something on there to get a better seal. Like Silly Putty or something similar (I would say actual putty, but Silly Putty would probably not leave a mess and do just as good of a job).

If you try to heat up a pin to stick in there, I would suggest using the thinnest gauge possible so you do risk expanding the plastic bit and causing it to wedge. Maybe a thin sewing needle. And I would recommend putting a slight bend on the end you're inserting. Hold the needle with a pair of pliers, then use some needle nose pliers to bend a small angle on the pointed end. Somewhere between 45 and 90 degrees. Heat it up until it glows, then quickly insert it into the plastic bit. Then wait a full minute, and then try to gently pull it out. My reasoning is waiting a minute will let the plastic solidify. The small angle on one end will help to grab it and pull it out. A straight needle would probably just slip right out since the melting plastic probably wont bond very well to the needle. The bend tip will work as a hook.
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