How to Replace an RCA Plug

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Replace RCA plugs quickly with wire cutters and a soldering iron.

Replacing an RCA plug is moderately easy. It takes only a few minutes, using household tools, to get your electrical appliance up and running again.


Step 1

Cut off the old plug with wire cutters.

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Step 2

Use wire strippers to peel off about 1/2 inch of insulation from both wires.

Step 3

Remove the sheath from the new plug, and slip it over the wires of the old plug.

Step 4

Connect the two wires to the color-coded connectors on the new plug.


Step 5

Apply a drop of solder with a soldering iron to secure the new connections.

Step 6

Slide the sheath over the wire connection to the new plug, and snap into place.

Step 7

Replace a plug with wires already attached by stripping 1/2 inch of insulation off the wires of the new plug.

Step 8

Connect the wires of the new plug to the wires where the old plug was removed, and twist each corresponding wire together 3 to 4 times around its mate on the old wire set.


Step 9

Apply a drop of solder over each wire splice.

Step 10

Wrap the spliced wires tightly with black, elasticized electrician's tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutters

  • Wire stripper

  • RCA replacement plugs

  • Electrician's tape


Don't leave any bare wire exposed when replacing the plug, as this could cause a short in the equipment.


Use caution when working with a hot soldering iron, which can cause a nasty burn.