How to deal with worn-out USB port?

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http://superuser.com – I have a Sony VAIO, about 5 years old, where the USB port that I use for the mouse is wearing out and making a poor/intermittent connection. I transport the unit back and forth to work every workday, and so there are two connect/disconnect cycles a day, leading to the wear. Thankfully, the unit has two other USB ports, but is there any good way to "rescue" the worn one? Is it likely that my friendly local computer repair hack can replace the port? Is there any sort of standard repair device/scheme for this? Note that any scheme that leaves something projecting out more than 1/4" or so wou (HowTos)