Every electrician uses a common tool on daily basis known as wire strippers. This set of a tool can be used to separate the protective coating of insulation wire in order to replace wires. It’s also capable of stripping the end part of the electric wire in order to plug it into a terminal or other wire. This is why it’s often considered an important tool for the professional electrician and other personnel.
Wire strippers can be found in 2 types-manual and automatic. A manual wire stripper is known as most versatile while the automatic one is great for novice user for strip wire quickly.
An automatic wire stripping tool is very essential for beginner level users. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to use an automatic wire stripping tool properly.
Let’s get started,
Step -1: Taking Proper Safety Caution
- Turn the Power Off
While you’re working with a wire that is so far part of an electric circuit, so turn off the power supply. Cut the main power so that it can protect you from the possibilities of an accident. Try to find out the main circuit panel of your home, flip it, and unscrew the fuse to turn off the electricity. Actually, you can flip the fuse to shut off the power totally or you can just turn off the room power you’re working with.
- Double Check the Voltage
Always check the wire for times to ensure that it’s not carrying electricity. Use a millimeter, connect it to the voltage, and join it to the wire. In case, the millimeter doesn’t show zero volts that means there is still power available. So, turn off the power completely before going to strip the wire.
Remember, it’s crucial to check the voltage, not current. Sometime millimeter may show you a current reading of zero while no device plugged into it, but the power still going to it.
- Wear Safety Gears
To minimize the further risk of dangerous accidents, wear protective equipment. Wear a pair of rubber gloves and eye goggles to reduce the risk level. In case, there is water on the floor, you can put rubber boots as well.
- Put a Respirator Mask
If you’re using a thermal wire stripper, it can burn the protective coating of that wire. This burning can produce detrimental smoke. So, before working with this device, wear a respirator mask. It can be available at any general or home improvement store. Otherwise, choose a well-ventilated place if you want to avoid fumes.
Step - 2: Taking Proper Safety Caution
- Determine the Typical Wire Size
Manual strippers can handle most wire sizes. An automatic wire stripper can only work for particular sizes of wires. It could cut small wires but large wire won’t fit into its jaws. However, this machine can strip the wire finely with minimal effort.
- Insert the Tip into the Automatic Wire Stripper
Place the end part of the wire into the jaws of the wire strippers. Make sure you insert the wire about 1-1/2 inches away from the end. After that, close the wire stripper around the wire so that it cuts the wire’s exterior covering.
Remember one thing, wires that are extremely thick or very small will not fit and the tool will fail to cut at them.
- Press the Stripper’s Handle
Now it’s time to squeeze the handles together and the blades will cut the wire at all sides. Then pull the handles up and off the end of the wire to get off the cover.
Yes, it’s really as simple as mentioned in the above article. But be sure doing not be overzealous with the work that you unexpectedly cut the wiring beneath the protective covering. Worst scenario, you can chop off the wire and start from new. With proper concentration, patience, and stable hand, you will be ready for how to use an automatic wire stripping tool for any electrical project cleanly and quickly.