I need some kind of device to strip the plastic coating off long lengths of
#14 insulated, solid, copper wire like you wire homes with . The wire was
salvaged from several dumpsters at homes under construction. Presently, I
am using an Exacto knife and just shaving off the insulation much like you
would peel a carrot and have managed to already draw blood. These cable
slitters advertised in catalogs seem to be about right but only for
...duh... cable... not what I'm trying to strip.
Time for "Plan B".
Use a standard electrician's wire stripper such as one made by Ideal or
Operates by squeezing the handles together which cuts the insulation, then
moves it down the wire..
Got a Frys Electronics or equal in your area?
If not any decent industrial electrical wholesaler will probably handle your
business as a cash sale.
Cut of a piece of wire, say 24"-36", then strip a couple of inches off one
Move down the wire a couple of inches and repeat.
It's a PITA, but I've don it to get bare wire.
how about drilling a hole through a piece of wood that's spilt on the
top half above the hole. insert and secure a box cutter blade so the
tip just extends into the hole far enough to slit the insulation. pull
the wire through and Bob's you uncle.
Depends on how many miles of wires you're talking, but this would
be simple enough to rig something up for. Tubing, squeeze it down to
an oval, slit the tubing for a blade, and pull the wire through. No
muss, no fuss.
Either way, you want to move the wire past the blade, not the other
way around. Safer and more predictable/adjustable. For only 20
pounds of wire, a little fiddling around as you go isn't the end
of the world.
Let us know what you end up doing. Also, rec.crafts.metalworking
might have some ideas. See you there, perhaps?
Well I rigged something that works a WHOLE lot better than just wittlin' off
the insulation. I really appreciate all of you offering to hold my hand.
FWIW here is what I did. First I clamped a piece of L-shaped picture frame
on the work bench and cut a v-groove just so the insulation was above the
wood. You have to kind of round over the entrance end of the groove and
take all the kinks and bends out of the wire and stretch it across the room.
Strip back about 8" from the wire and position the stripped portion in the
groove. Press the flat of the cutter(Exacto knife) flat against the bare
wire at about a 30 deg horizontal angle with your right hand and pull the
wire through with your left. I could strip about a foot or more at a time.
I tried to clamp the blade down on the wire but that didn't work. I may
have already mentioned here a while back what I was doing with the wire
but here it is again... http://home.mchsi.com/~llhote/gallery/gallery.htm
You figgered somethin' out already, but just for posterior. What I did was
clamp the absolute crap out of one end of the wire in my vise, then stretch
out about 30' or so of it, tight. I ran a dullish butcher knife across it
drawknife style while I had my son hold tension on the wire. Then I peeled
the remaining insulation off in long strips. It worked great.
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