Wire strippers are a must-have for any DIYer or electrician, but they can do a lot more than you might think. In a recent video, Nils from the “LRN2DIY” channel dived deep into the world of wire strippers, showing us 8 features that can make your electrical projects a breeze.

Features 1: Stranded vs Solid Wire Strippers

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Nils kicked off the video by explaining the basic distinction between stranded and solid wire strippers. The video showed the proper technique for stripping wires. Nils shared the crucial step of matching the wire gauge with the designated slot on the stripper. Simply insert the wire, squeeze the handles, and pull the stripper away to remove the insulation.

Features 2: Needle Nose Pliers

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Delving deeper into the anatomy of wire strippers, Nils uncovered a treasure trove of features beyond mere wire stripping. He first shared the Needle Nose Pliers which are integrated pliers perfect for gripping wires, and removing knockout tabs from electrical boxes.

Features 3: Wire Grabber

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Next, he shared about the Wire Grabber which is a small opening acting as a soft grip for pulling out short pieces of insulation without damaging the wire itself. Nils added that if you’re unsure of the wire gauge, some strippers have holes designated for different gauges. So, insert a spare ground wire (matching the unknown gauge) into these holes. If it fits snugly, you’ve identified the correct gauge.

Features 4: Hook Holes

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Nils explained that the holes in the strippers are designated spots that let you create small hooks at the end of wires for easy connection to terminal screws.

Features 5: Wire Cutters

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Next, Nils showed how the built-in wire cutters are ideal for chopping copper wires. He cautioned to remember that these cutters are not intended for steel or other hard materials.

Features 6: Bolt Cutters/Shearers

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Nils added that these features come in various sizes and are designed to snip off excess bolts or screws that might hinder installation within electrical boxes. The stripper acts as a die, rethreading the bolt as it cuts for a clean finish.

Features 7 and 8: Reamers and Crimpers

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As the video progressed, Nils unveiled the 7-in-1 High Leverage Combination Pliers which have crimpers and reamers allowing you to smooth out rough edges on metal conduit, especially after cutting with a pipe cutter.

Type of Wire Stripper

Type of Wire Stripper
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As the video concluded, Nils shared that the ideal wire stripper depends on your specific needs. If you prioritize ease of use and frequently work with wires of varying gauges, a universal stripper might be the way to go.

Additional Functionalities

Additional Functionalities
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However, if you value additional functionalities like crimping, reaming, and more robust cutting capabilities, a traditional stripper with a wider feature set might be a better choice.

Share Your Thoughts

Share Your Thoughts
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So what do you think? What features are most important to you in a wire stripper?

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