Stripping Wire

Stripping Wire

Before making an electrical connection, you must strip the insulation from the end of a wire. This is a simple process, but it's important to do it right so you don't damage the copper wire. Use a stripper instead of a knife or wire cutter.

It takes a little practice to learn how to make firm splices. The right tool is essential: Nothing does the job like a pair of lineman's pliers. Always take a few moments to check your work. Check the bare wire after you strip it to make sure it is not gouged. After splicing wires and adding the correct size wire nut, tug on the wires to make sure they are securely joined.

Stripping Wire: How-To

Determine the size of the wire to be stripped. Open the strippers, insert the wire into the correct notch, and squeeze the stripper shut. Give a slight twist, then slide the insulation off.

Stripping Wire: Check for Quality

The insulation should slide off easily, with no more than a slight mark on the wire. If you have to pull hard or the stripper leaves a nick or scrapes the wire, check that you are using the right hole in the stripper. If the problem persists, buy a new stripper.

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dinosegundo wrote:

im not skilled electrician but im willing to learn more

12/17/2011 04:18:56 AM Report Abuse
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