Remember that one thick tool the electrician always pops out to cut a wire? That’s what you call a wire stripper. The tool is available in different types but it’s best advised to have a ‘combination tool.’ However, today, we’re here to talk about how you should be using a wire stripping machine. Many people do not know how to use wire strippers, causing difficulty when they want to use it. Today, we’ll guide you on how you can use one.
How to Use Wire Strippers?
There are two types of wire strippers: manual wire strippers and electric wire strippers. An ideal wire striper would have features such as:
- A comfortable and coated handle
- A non-slip handle to ensure safety
- Easy to use (automatic or self-adjusting wire strippers)
Now, let’s understand the best way to strip wire in the following steps:
Step-1 : Find the Correct Wire Type and Gauge
As wire strippers have different teeth, that coincides with the appropriate gauges based on the dimensions on the stripper. These dimensions have to be as per the solid and stranded wire.
Step-2 : Place the Wire on Tool
Place one end of the wire onto the tool and stick the wire into the notch of the wire stripper.
Step-3 : Close Handles and Spin the Tool
You can now gently close the handle and get a grip on the wire. Cut through the insulation and then spin the wire stripper if the wire does not cut correctly and around the wire.
Step-4 : Pull the Wire out
The final step is to squeeze the handles a little and pull the wire stripper to remove the insulation. Now, you have a perfectly stripped wire to continue with your work.
How to Strip a Wire Without Wire Stripper?
To begin, it is not recommended to cut a wire in any other way except a wire cutter. So, only use the following methods if you’re completely out of options. If you’re dealing with a relatively thin wire, bending it back and forth might work. You can get it cut by force; however, this doesn’t work with thicker cables. So lets find out different ways to strip a wire without using a wire stripping tool.
A hacksaw blade with a high teeth-per-inch (TPI) number is optimal for wires. Smaller wires with thin diameters are more likely to be cut by a hacksaw than those with a large diameter. Although, even a small diameter wire can very well be impaired before it’s completely cut down.
Scissors or similar cutting tools are yet another way to take down a wire. However, it should be noted that these tools aren’t the best of choices to cut wires. You might return with a dull pair of tool blades or an entirely damaged tool.
Once you do manage to cut a wire with these tools, the wire might be harmed to a reasonable extent. This can cause the performance of the wire to dip or, even worse; cause an electric shock if a connected port is switched on.
Wire Stripper Vs. Self-Stripping Tool Vs. Combination Wire Stripper
Different types of wire strippers are available in the market that strip the wire distinctly. So, let’s understand the key differences between them to help you choose which one is the most convenient for you.
The wire stripper is an affordable and straightforward welding tool made to detach the outer layer that protects the wires. Furthermore, the wire stripper typically comes with many hole sizes to fit the wire, and the tool is useful for stripping wire insulation.
The self-stripping stripper, also commonly known as the self-adjusting stripper, is a specific tool that takes off the wire jacket with three functions done simultaneously. Although it’s a piece of expensive equipment that professional electricians have mostly to draw the wire insulation quickly. Overall, it’s a tool that’s best for the specific purpose of stripping the wire smoothly.
Combination Wire Stripper
A combination wire stripper is a versatile or multi-purpose tool. If you want hardware that allows you to cut the wire coverings, bend wires, cut screws or ream the metal. Plus, it even has plier jaws to bend wires. The bolt size range of 6-32 and 8-32 can be sliced by this tool. To get the desired size of a bolt, just thrust the bolt into the hole and squeeze the handles of the stripper, and it will chop the end.
To wrap up, knowing the type of layer you would like to remove and which kind of wire lays beneath the covering, you can quickly determine what tool is suitable. Altogether, you can even use a knife or scissors to remove the wire insulation, but a wire stripper is more efficient and will not damage the wire at all.