Just bend over where you want to cut away the BX, the BX will seperate and
then just use a pair of side cutters to cut the exposed aliminum strand. You
only have to cut away one strand as it's is in a coil. The rest will slide
The old fashion way which is still effective is a hacksaw cutting at an
angle to the spiral. Just cut enough to get through the spiral and twist
off the sheath. Use diagonal pliers, side cutters, or BX cutters to trim
the sharp point off of the edge and use a red anti-short bushing inside the
The new way to cut BX is with a RotoStrip tool. It does the same thing as
the hack saw except that is much easier to hold the BX especially when
working on a ladder.
there is a special stripping tool that sells for 12$... it has a blade
that cuts the BX with a few turns of a crank. DON'T use a hacksaw or
bend the BX.. You could nick the cable, and then get a flash/bang when
you throw the circuit braker on.
On 16 Dec 2006 16:31:37 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I never liked the bending method and that could nick a wire. I used a
hacksaw half my life as a professional electrician. You know when to
stop cutting. The ends of an AC (BX) cable should always have a
plastic bushing installed around the wires against the sheath. This
is likely required by code, or used to be anyhow.
Thanks much for all the replys. i have been nipping at the bx cable,
then using brute strength to just uncoil it. This tool looks like just
what i need...reminds me of the tool i see the cable guys use.
Going back to sheldon's comment about using a bushing around the wires
against the sheath. i forgot to do that on the wires in a junction box
in needed to install in my closet. Besides being a possible code
violation, is this really something i should be concerned about?
On Dec 16, 10:22 pm, "Stormin Mormon"
Or you could just hacksaw across one coil and then twist the end off and
pull, if you're not doing a lot of electrical work.
It would probably bother me. I'm not sure what the real danger is, but
I'd personally feel better with the bushing. Not sure how difficult it
would be to sneak it in without removing the BX from its connector.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
The danger is that over time a sharp edge will cut the insulation
leading to a possible shock or fire hazard. It's truly amazing how
ordinary small vibrations and thermal expansion/contraction over a
period of years can lead to accumulated damage one would think
impossible from simply observing the initial installation situation.
It's quite analogous to the eventual "working out" of a nail from a
clapboard over a period of time, for example.
Yes you should go back and fix this or it could cause a nasty short
later. Depending on the situation, you may not have to undo the line
from the JB, just loosen the screen at the connector and slide out the
armour, slip the bushing (red-hot) into place and reconnect.
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