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    Automated Home Ninja Andrew Millne's Avatar
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    Default Screw terminal connector and stripping cat5 inner cores

    Does anybody care to share wire stripping techniques for stripping the inner cores of cat5 cable? the wire strippers I use cut through the insulation where they grip the wire. I have found some precision wire strippers but they come in individual awg sizes and I am not sure on the awg of the inner cores of cat5.

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    After trialling everything from several types of wire strippers, scalpels, scissors and hot tweezers i've decided the good old human incisor is both the most capable and portable tool.

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    CAT5 is normally 24 gauge
    I used to use a small craft knife but its not very safe for the fingers. With practice a pair of small precision wire cutters work well. And a wire stripper like this one http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...ipper&doy=18m6 also works well.
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    I'd agree with toscal but if you're stuck, a bad old habit gained in my youth which I sometimes still use (dare I admit it here), are a pair of nail clippers. Softer old ones are better since you can better feel the wire

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    :-)

    Reminds me of something...

    Many years ago I used to do the teeth cable stripping thing when stuck.

    Then one day when stripping a phone pair in a customers garage, some bugger rang the phone line.

    and yes it hurt.

    Didn't do it again after that :-)

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    I've got a pair of strippers from maplin and I really do not rate them for stranded cable that I used. In the end I used a modelling knife and knicked the insulationi front and back and then pinched off with my nails between index finger and thumb. Worked well for me!

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    I inherited a pair of wire strippers from my Dad that have scallops for the different wire gauges. Absolutely brilliant (as long as you don't get the wrong scallop) but I've never seen them anywhere. Vitrex or Volex I think. I dread these ones wearing out.

    I wonder if wire wrap strippers are close enough gauge or could be modified ?
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