Tips For Removing Insulation From Wire
Insulation covers the outside of the metal wire - it protects the wire from water and moisture, heat, cold and chemicals. However, in order to replace or repair a wire or to reconnect a wire to other wires or terminals, the insulation is carefully removed. As one of the leading wires suppliers, we share with you some basic techniques to remove the insulation from wire -
Tip 1: Using a hand wire stripper:
Wire strippers look like pliers with a number of slots set in the jaws. These slots vary in size to fit different wire types and gauges. Insert the wire to be stripped into the center of the correct slot. The wire sizes are beneath each slot. Once you have placed the wire in the correct slot, close the handles with little pressure. Apply enough pressure so that the insulating material is cut. However, do not squeeze too hard otherwise it will damage the wire, rendering it unsuitable for an electrical project.
Tip 2: Using a sharp knife:
Place the wire you wish to strip on a flat surface. Use one hand to hold the knife and one to hold the wire. Place the knife on the exact spot you wish to strip. Gently roll the wire and let the blade remove the insulation sheathing. The procedure is similar to sharpening a pencil. Don’t put too much pressure on the knife as otherwise, you will end up damaging the wire. It will take some practice before you can apply the correct amount of pressure. It would not be a bad idea to practice the technique on scrap wires first.
Tip 3: Using a hot blade wire stripper:
If you require a large number of wires to be stripped, using a hot blade stripper would be a good idea. A hot blade stripper has slots that get hot and melt the insulation. Place the wire into the correct slot and fasten the strip around the heating element. Close the handles and give the wire a twist and pull it out. You will get perfectly stripped wire.
General instruction while removing insulation from wire
• Be careful while removing insulation from wire with any of the tools mentioned above.
• Do not use a hot-blade stripper on wires that are heat resistant.
• When using the hot-blade stripper, ensure that the blades are clean.
• Hold the wire at 90 degree to the cutting blades
• Make sure that the insulation has no rough edges. Trim them, if necessary.