To paraphrase William Burroughs: “Warning to young couples with Select Comfort beds: watch out for the family dog!” To be more specific, watch out for dogs that like to sleep under the bed and like to chew things.
Last night I went to adjust the pressure in my side of the mattress, using the wired remote. The partly-wired remote. One of our dogs managed to chew through the really tough insulation on the remote and short out the controls.
Tonight I managed to fix it, using a multi-gauge wire stripper, a large set of diagonal pliers (a.k.a. “dikes”), and electrician’s tape. Here’s how:
- Unplug the pump from its electrical connection.
- Cleanly cut the control wire at the chewed part, using the dikes.
- Using the wire stripper (or the dikes if necessary), strip the thick insulation from both sides of the cut control wire, revealing the five small (22-gauge) wires inside.
- Strip all the small wires using the multi-gauge stripper.
- Matching colors, twist the cut ends of the bare control wires around each other (white to white, red to red, and so on), and wrap each with a small twist of electrician’s tape.
- Once the five wires are reconnected, wrap the whole shebang with electrician’s tape.
- Douse liberally with bitter apple spray or the anti-chew remedy of your choice…
Once I plugged the pump back in and checked the control, it worked on the first try. I guess those wild summers as an electrician at CEBAF (now Jefferson Labs) weren’t spent in vain.