How to Use a Wire Stripping Tool

Wire strippers is the term used for a tool that can be used for the removal of insulation around a wire to allow it to be plugged into a terminal or have loose wires spliced together. 

The most crucial thing to remember is to ensure the power to the wires that are to be stripped has to be turned off. 

The next step is to have the wire fitted into the right-sized slot located on the wire stripper, twist the tool and then pull off the insulation. The removal of insulation allows electricity to be conducted by the wire to another device, receptacle or switch. 

Safety precautions

The main power supply should be turned off before working with any wires that are a part of an electrical circuit in order to prevent accidents. Find the main electrical panel for the property and either unscrew the fuse or flip the primary circuit breaker in order to shut off the electricity. 

Double-check to ensure there is no electricity in the wires by using a multimeter, turning it to the voltage setting and hooking it to the wire. Ensure the power is completely off before stripping the wire. 

It is also important to wear protective gear such as rubber gloves and eye goggles. 

Using a manual wire-stripping tool

Electrical pliers will be required if the wire is linked to an electrical circuit and they can be identified via their protective rubber grips. Needlenose pliers are useful for wires that need to be bent in order to fit into tight spaces, while lineman’s pliers are useful for heavier wires. 

Examine the size of the wire you are intending to strip to determine the type of wire stripping tool you should be using. 

The pliers should be held in one hand and used to grip the wire. The handles should then be squeezed together in order to open the blades and then used to ensure the wire is held in place. Be sure to avoid the wire going anywhere near exposed skin. 

The majority of manual wire strippers come with notches to show different wire sizes, with wires that are smaller in diameter being handled nearer to the tip of the blades. In order to ensure the best cut, the pliers should feed the wire end into the right slot, with the notches tested until the wire is a snug fit inside one of them. 

The stripper blades should be set close to the end of the wire. More of the casing will need to be stripped when you need to reach the underlying wire to repair a damaged wire the wire beneath the damaged part should be cut with the remaining wire stripped. Do not remove too much insulation or it could result in a power box short. 

The stripper blades should be squeezed together and closed against the wire, but the wire should not be twisted. Have the wire strippers rotated in place and after the blades have penetrated the casing have the pliers pulled to the end of the wire in order to pull the casing right off. Any damaged parts of the wire should be cut off, with two wires spliced together if necessary. 

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