Workman Magnetic Mobile Antenna (KRDB) – Fix the Problem

Antenna Workman mobile antennaI wrote an article reviewing the model KRDB Workman Magnetic Mobile Antenna a little while back. In the article I mentioned two things –

  • Crappy antenna and DO NOT BUY IT !
  • A piece of plastic had broken and exposed the antenna wire and the internal base of the mount.

< click here to read original review >

This article is going to show you –

  • How to fix the problem if you have one of these antennas.
  • How to reinforce the base if your antenna hasn’t broken yet.

Let’s review the problem…

Workman Magnetic Mobile Antenna (KRDB)

The piece that broke off on all 3 of the antennas is almost exactly the same.

The piece that broke off on all 3 of the antennas is almost exactly the same.

The problem comes from –

  1. Extremely poor quality plastic.
  2. Extremely poor base design.
  3. Antenna wire moving around and stressing the plastic.

So I figure to fix the problem where it already exists I have to –

  1. Fill in the hole that exposes the internals of the base.
  2. Cover the exposed antenna wire.
  3. Stabilize the wire.

Enter Liquid Electrical Tape!  Take a minute and read these two articles, they are short and will only take a minute –

So, I figure the best way to solve all three of the problems is to use liquid tape.

I forced liquid tape into the base of the antenna and then put a small amount over the exposed antenna wire.

I forced liquid tape into the base of the antenna and then put a small amount over the exposed antenna wire.

Once the first application was dry, I added another layer of liquid tape.

Once the first application was dry, I added another layer of liquid tape.

And then another layer of liquid tape.

And then another layer of liquid tape.

AntennaWorkman-204AntennaWorkman-207AntennaWorkman-210Now, you probably don’t own the Workman antenna if you are one of my regular website visitors. But, I wanted to show you the “fix” anyways. I want to give you general ideas on how to fix things, whatever it is. When emergencies, disasters, or grid-down hits you need to be able to fix just about anything, or know someone who can. You need to be able to analyze what the problem is and then make it work again.

Remember…liquid tape is your friend!

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