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Wire Strippers

LON-TT-Wire Strippers

LON-TT-Wire StrippersSo, you need to work on some wiring and connect two wires together.  It’s not that complex of a job, but there is one tool that makes the whole process a lot easier: Wire Strippers.

Wire Strippers

A wire stripper is a plier-like device that helps you remove the plastic coating around copper wires.  By removing the plastic coating it exposes the copper ends so that they can come into contact with another wire or terminal.

A wire stripper tool has two main functions: Cut the Coating and Removes the Coating.  When used properly, you know the size of the wire and put it in the hole that represents the same size.  When gripping like a set of pliers it will cut only the coating, leaving the core wire intact and undamaged.  Then by gently spinning and pulling towards the end of the wire you are able to pull off the coating to remove it.

How To Use

First you need to identify the gauge of the copper wire to be stripped.  Most of the time you can find this information on the outermost sheathing.  With a number such as 12/2, the first number is wire gauge and the second number (referring to quantity of wires) can be ignored.  The most common wire gauges in household wiring will be limited to:  14 and 12 gauge.  10 gauge is less commonly found and will be used for high-draw appliances like dryers and air conditioners.

Grab the pair of Wire Strippers and match the gauge with the appropriate hole on the wire stripper. The hole will be marked.  Open the wire stripper handles and put the wire into one side of the hole.  Slowly press the handles together until they can go no farther creating the perfect cut.  If the coating does not fully cut, you may have to gently rotate the wire within the hole (or the wire stripper around the wire, whichever is easier). You do not have to rotate far: just a quarter turn in one direction and back.

Once it is cut, gently pull the wire stripper towards the cut end of the wire.  Discard the casing as it has no further use.

Whats Next:

Do you have a set of wire strippers?  Take some scrap wire and a pair or wire strippers and just have a little bit of fun with them.  Luckily when you are playing with scrap you won’t short anything out.  Go for it!

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Author:  Charlene Bower

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