New Use for Nail Clippers





Introduction: New Use for Nail Clippers

I recently moved and was not able to bring all of my tools with me.
So i discovered that nail clippers work beautifully for clipping wires, and stripping them.

Step 1: Use Them the Intended Way, Just for a Different Purpose

They are especially good for clipping off the excess wire after soldering.
Nail clippers are so lightweight, i find them easier to hold and handle than a pair of wire clippers.

I don't know how long the nail clippers will last for this (ab)use and am not sure if they will maintain their nail clipping efficiency. But for now I'm happy.



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    another similar but different idea - i keep a pair of clippers in my tacklebox for trimming fishing line after tying off tackle

    Great idea! I've been trying to think of something that can get close to wires after soldering

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    Yup :) i have a pair of sideways ones I use for clipping the legs off components after i solder then to a board :) they do a great job :) just be careful they don't ping off somewhere :D

    Also good to wear safety glasses...though, I can rarely find my clear ones when I need them, or even my yellow tint ones (even though they're all scratched to s***), and can only find my dark tint ones, which I also use as

    When I can't find my wire-cutters (i have two pairs and I still loose them), I grab nail clippers.  Works for what ever the guage of the insulated wires in CAT5 ethernet cables where I scavenge my wire for breadboards etc

    They'll last for years, as long as you have a good pair. I've been using clippers for things like this forever.

    and a bad pair will get chipped from the first wire as i learn while i was bored working the cash register at osh and then innocently placed the pair back in the bucket...


    Poor man's wire strippers. Nice instructable.

    also use them for cutting model parts off the sprue, then cutting the burrs of the model parts and finally filing the rest of the burr flat.