After removing a million or so screws I got the laptop case apart. The case was smashed (yes, I dropped it awhile back) at the corner where the power cord plugged in. At first I could wiggle the plug on the end of the power cord around and enough to straighten the plug in the computer enough to get it plugged in and make contact. This last time that the battery needed charged, I couldn't get it plugged in, so an operation (maintenance) was required. The following pictures are of the offending piece that I removed:
That exposed the plug and since the power cord will plug easily into it the way it is and charge the battery, why do anything else? So this it the way it will look from now on:
It is great to have my laptop back on my lap and working well as I write this blog. The only problem is that my right arm is hurting some from trying to pat myself on the back. (grin) Now, you all have a great day, you hear?