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  • Yes, but usually the charge at a repair shop is close to the cost of another one, so you might want to reconsider.
  • If you can, open the machine up and replace the entire cord. If that's too much trouble and you don't care about meeting code requirements, then just cut out the damaged part, strip the insulation, and use butt splices to connect the ends. Then tape it up so the leads don't touch each other and are not exposed for a kid or pet to get electrocuted.   The butt splices look like this: http://www.allproducts.com/machine/uta-1/60-butt_splice-l.jpg You can find them in any auto parts store.   Here's a kit with butt splices and other terminals, and a good quality crimping tool: http://www.king-cart.com/store/phoenixent/tlkit-1880b.jpg   Here is another kit with various terminals and a different (cheaper) crimping tool: http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=6209&stc=1&d=1100289009   Either kit will work fine to fix a line cord. Read the instructions so you understand how a butt splice works, and make sure to crimp it tight. Use the correct part of the crimping tool (note the color code on the better quality tool). After you've made the crimp, try to pull the wires apart to see if either of them pulls out of the splice. If they do, start over and crimp it tighter.  

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