I just learned a really nifty trick to remove a broken RCA pin from a female RCA plug. I have a guitar pedal board that sits on the floor. I use the digital output from the pedal board into my computer’s sound card. Occasionally, I forget to close the door to the studio, and my dogs will romp around in there. About a year ago, they stepped on the RCA cable, and broke the pin off inside the female plug.
At the time, I searched around for hours trying to figure out how to dislodge the pin from the plug. I tried needle-nosed pliers. It ended up pusing the pin further in. To the point where I could no longer grab anything with the pliers. So, then I tried a dot of crazy glue on the tip of a toothpick. I sat for a half hour, holding my hands as steady as possible, only to pull up the toothpick with nothing attached. Finally, I pulled out my drill and took out all 30 screws and disassembled the pedal board. Again, no luck, the plug was sealed from the back and there was no chance of pushing the pin out the way it went in. I ended up caving and just buying a new pedal board. I gave the old one to my little brother, and he was exstatic about getting it. So, all in all, I was out $150.00. But, I made my little bros day.
So, today you could imagine my total disapointment with myself, and my dogs, when I noticed the same thing happened on my new pedal board. But, this time I found an awesome solution.
Remove A Broken RCA Cable Pin from the Jack
- Find a needle or a thin nail.
- On a hard surface, bend the very tip of the needle slightly so that it forms a tiny barb. (May or may not be needed)
- Heat the tip of the needle with a lighter until it glows red hot. (Red hot may be exageration, I gave it about 30-60 seconds of heat.
- Stick the needle into the plastic core of the broken RCA pin
- Wait a few seconds for it to cool
- Pull the needle out, and the broken tip should follow!
Thanks to this instructables post for the answer to my problem.