I think the theory goes that old colours makes it look like it was done
decades ago, hence before part P applied.
All of which ignores the fact that even the original part P didn't
prevent that much, the new weakened version allows even more, the dates
for wire colour changes overlapped with part P starting and nobody cares
about part P anyway.
I also wonder how many people when buying a 'new' house, pay for a survey
that would show if the 'wrong' colour cables had been used anywhere anyway.
Very few make any attempt to conceal a wiring addition anyway. Most stand
out rather obviously. Different type of fittings, etc. So the wire colour
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
It is possible to do it with a knife, I sharpen the blade in a special
way with a slight curve,here is a very rough drawing, the curve is
nowhere as pronounced as the drawing shows but may give you the idea,
the actual cutting edge rides just above the copper so it does not dig
in, I have been doing this successfully for years, takes a bit of practice.
For the individual cores, strip a couple of inches off one end and clamp
that in something. Then using a Stanley knife or similar, position the
blade on the underside of a bit of the exposed copper such that its
facing you and just glancing off the wire. Position a thumb lightly on
top of the wire and a bit ahead of the blade. Now pull / wall backwards.
You should find it easy to slice the side off the insulation using the
wire as a guide. Get the angle right and you won't knick the blade.
Get a team of rats?
Could one ask why one wants to strip it, it would seem more sensible to buy
ordinary cable. If its for ham radio aerials the RF won't care about the
insulation but you would do better with hard drawn coppy to stop it
As I say a solvent can do it but that amount would not be pretty or cheap
or probably fume free either.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
Oh no he doesn't - hence the need to preserve as is (i.e. not burn) and
not nick (weaken) the copper. I may have scrapped it as a teenager,
but these days, usefulness outweighs scrap value.
When we moved into this house 15 years ago, I found lots of interesting
stuff in the shed. Several 3m lengths of unused copper pipe. A large
drum of unused T&E. Huge unopened box of nails. Unused lengths of
kitchen worktop. Big yellow hydraulic trolley jack. Loadsa stuff.
I never cease to be amazed by the ingenuity here. Thank you. I'll
report back on wire stripping, and why I want to strip it - and no,
amateur radio is not involved.
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