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In this Instructable, you will learn how to easily cut and strip heavy gauge wire, without using heavy duty or professional tools. Sorry about some of the images' quality. My camera was not behaving.
 
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Step 1: Tools

In the image are the tools you may need. Hover over the yellow boxes for more info.

Step 3: Nibble

Now, slowly nibble away at the 3 or 4 individual wires inside, using the wire cutters. I found what worked for me was to grip one of the wires in the strippers, and then repeatedly twist the strippers back and forth over the wire, until the wire breaks. I also found that bending the wire in half at the cut point makes things easier. The wires inside are usually made up of 3 or more smaller strands twisted together.

Step 4: Strip

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Once you have nibbled the wire apart, pull of cut back the insulation the desired amount, and strip in the usual way using either the wire strippers, wire cutters, or the knife. I used a combination of all three.
Prfesser2 years ago
Wire over 10 ga can often be difficult to strip. Do be careful not to nick the individual wires in the process, else you may have created a place for breakage to occur.

Use a cigarette lighter and a glove and you can strip any size wire with eaze

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Redstormx12 years ago
IF you dont know how to strip wire this big why are you playing with it ?
mefromliny2 years ago
Cutting a wire is actually a very simple thing to do, but I learned a thing ar two from your Instructable. VERY well put together! Thanks for posting it. Ken
texabyte2 years ago
I've cut 6 gauge wire with a good pair of Klein diagonal cutters. Anything Over that, I use a pair of small bolt cutters.
pfred22 years ago
I have SPEEDEX, Ideal T Strippers, and spring loaded spin style coax strippers with custom dies, but sometimes sharp scissors are my tool of choice. Though if I'm stripping a lot of the same wire I will setup my coax stripper.