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Jun 26, 2008
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by: Devin

Hi,
Thanks for the help. I cut the wire where it was shorting and reattached it to the terminals. Had a tough time pushing the cable back inside. They could improve the design here. Had to use soap for lubrication on the wire to go in.
The robot started and works great.

Jun 11, 2008
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by: Devin

Hi,
Thanks a lot for your advise. I removed the cable from the aquabot and when I connected it to the transformer, it blew the fuse again. Connectivity test on one of the wires is failing. The other wire always shows connectivity to both ends in the plug on the other end. So, it is likely that there is a cut somewhere.
Trick is where.. Should I start cutting the cable from the robot side and experiment or should I first replace the plug and see if that is the issue ? Just curious. The whole cable looks very healthy from the outside. There is obviously a crimp at the point where it entered the robot housing. Maybe, that is suspect...
Thanks for your help
ANSWER: The cable has two weak spots. One is where it clamps to the handle. The other is the terminal well where corrosion eats the wires.
If cutting the cable is an option, cut at the handle. I think you found the problem in the plug and hopefully trimming the wire won't be neede in this case.
The plug can and does fail and I think your best solution now is replacing yours. Aquaqualitypools.com sells replacement plugs for $14 and they are easy to install. That was a good idea plugging in the cable to check if the fuse will blow.
The fact you have continuity from one wire to both indicates a short. The only logical place for this contact would be in the plug.
Cut the plug off and do the continuity test on the cable.

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