A minor repair, but nonetheless avoidable.
There is a small rubber guard where cords meet controllers, I believe it’s called a stress relief (pic). As noted, this part of the cord needs to not have stress on it.
I know a lot of us grew up wrapping cords around controllers tightly to keep them neat and tidy. This is NOT GOOD FOR THE CORD. Cords are meant to be moved but not to be tightly wound like this.
I really don’t mind lending my stick out. What I do mind is when I lend it out and it is returned with the stick wound up around the stick, like the top left of this picture. I know it’s in good intention but I have never handed someone my stick with the cord like that. See the bottom right for a better idea - the figure eight. Not nearly as much tension there.
Here is what happened to the stress relief on my stick. Blurry pic but you can see that it had split open. Inside, the wire was frayed and getting worse and worse. I think it was the ground(?) to the wire? The cord is not meant to exposed like that, either way.
I’d like to kindly request that nobody ever tautly wrap the cord on someone’s stick like that in the future.
Do what you want to your own stick, but please be courteous if you are using a stick that is not your own. If you can’t wrap the cord without putting a bunch of tension on it, don’t wrap it at all.
With some help, shrink tubing, a heat gun, some zipties and 2 sets of hands I’ve gotten it under control (and now the cord has some slack to be pulled on to help prevent further damage).
On top of the figure eight suggestion (which doesn’t quite stay put without a twist tie of sorts), here is how I wrap my cord on my stick.
Long story short, think twice about how you handle people’s belongings please. I once wanted to blow up on somebody at Zach’s for picking my stick up by the stick. No, you do not GRAB THE BALLTOP AND LIFT A HEAVY OBJECT BY IT’S MOST DELICATE PART. You can reach down a few more inches and grab the base.
This has been a public service announcement and I just don’t want anyone else’s stick to get damaged in any way. Think before you act upon someone else or their belongings. Thank you for your time.