Three Wire Stripping Techniques in This Video:
- Using a Wire Stripping Tool (Color Cord 3000)
- Using a Razor Blade
- Using Superglue
Tools and Supplies You’ll Need to Strip Wire
- Color Cord 3000 (or your own wire stripping tool)
- A standard razor blade
- Masking tape: We use masking tape for cutting and stripping wire to hold the fabric braiding on the wire.
- Electrical tape: Please use electrical tape when insulating an electrical connection, like when you may need to secure wire nuts.
How to Strip a Wire Using the Color Cord 3000 or Your Own Tool
- Measure 1 and 1/4th of an inch from the tip of the cloth-covered electrical wire and wrap an inch of masking tape over the wire at this point.
- At the midsection of the tape, use the Color Cord 3000 to strip the PVC housing. This should expose the three conductor wires (not the internal stranded copper wire). Ensure that you calibrate the Color Cord 3000 to the precise and appropriate depth to ensure you don’t accidentally nick the conductor wires and hit the internal stranded copper wire.
- Next, remove the PVC housing. If it doesn’t come off in one single twist, continue twisting until it’s separated completely.
- With the conductor wires fully exposed, use a piece of tape at the base of the wire to prevent the cloth covering from sliding.
- Strip the end of each wire, exposing 3/16ths of an inch of stranded copper wire underneath.
How to Strip a Wire Using a Razor Blade
- Measure 1 and 1/4th of an inch from the tip of the cloth-covered wire and wrap an inch of masking tape over the wire.
- Take a razor blade and lightly score around the midsection of the masking tape. Be careful not to go too deep as this may cut the innermost stranded copper wire.
- Remove the PVC housing. Twist around a few times to ensure the housing is completely removed.
- The conductor wires should be fully exposed (again, not the stranded copper wires, but the outer conductor wires.)
- Again, take a piece of tape and stick it to the base of the exposed wires to keep the cloth from sliding.
- Atrip the end of the wires to expose just 3/16ths of the stranded copper wire underneath.
How to Strip a Wire With Superglue
- Take your super glue and apply about half an inch all the way around the cloth-covered wire.
- Wait for the superglue to dry completely.
- With the glue completely dry, take the Color Cord 3000 or your own wire stripping tool over the midsection of the dried glue.
- Rotate several times with the tool in order to strip the PVC housing.
- This should expose the outer conductor wires (not the inner stranded copper wires.)
- With the conductor wires exposed, add a bit of super glue (not too much) onto the base where the exposed wires meet the unstripped PVC housing.
- Last, strip the end of each wire to expose just 3/16ths of the stranded copper wire underneath.
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