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Thread: My Home MAde Wire Stripper

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    Cool My Home MAde Wire Stripper

    Here are some pictures of a wire stripper I made from some “scrap” materials and a utility knife blade as a cutter. I used only common hand and power tools to make the stripper. I don’t know what the brackets mounted on the flat iron base came from. The wheel is made from two truck suspension washers, piece of copper tubing, couple of bushings, threaded rod and nuts from a lamp and a steel rod to pivot on. Cutting bar is two pieces of flat iron with holes drilled to bolt together and hold blade tight. The spring under the blade bar helps push up bar when making adjustments for wire size and cut depth.
    This stripper did not work so well at first, but after making some modifications- added hole in base to feed wire up from bottom, added guides on blade bar and shortened how far blade sticks out from bar. Stripper now works very well for something made essentially out of nothing but some stuff that was stashed in drawers and my time.
    I have run several hundred feet of braided/stranded wire through this stripper, works great on longer lengths of wire, kind of putsy for stuff under a couple of feet. Wire shown in the picture is from a computer power cord. I did run the power cord through first to split the outer jacket. Have run wire some smaller than this just to see if it would work. It did, but stripped yield not worth the time.
    Have not pulled any single strand wire though, might work as long as wire bends easily and is not kinked but probably won’t work on large gauge Romex. Tried a degaussing cable, did not work well, the V in the wheel not wide or deep enough to keep wire in place. Have more washers and will make another wheel for large guage braided/stranded wire
    Took me a few hours to make and modify, probably a lot longer than that thinking about how to make one out of essentially nothing. Not a pretty looking commercially made stripper but works well jus the same. Maybe this will give some of you ideas to make your own.






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    Nice job!
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    X2, Mike.
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Nice work sir. And on a side note: Can't tell you how many "huh"s I've got outside of Minnesota when using the phrase "putz'in around"
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    I use putzin' around also but since I've lived in CA, NV, and the upper peninsular of Michigan, I'm not sure where I got it. I'm amazed at that invention, bejak.

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    nice job very creative

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    I think the term is Yetish in origin but the spelling may be off, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    I think the term is Yetish in origin but the spelling may be off, Mike.
    Yetish as in Sasquatch? Cool! Or maybe Yiddish?

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    nice tool !!!
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    how much to make me one?

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    very very smart i am going to build one as soon as i have time!

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    Thanks for the request PTS, this is going to be a one time build for myself. But if you got a hacksaw, angle grinder, drill and bits, a few hand tools, an imagination and some scrap I bet you could make your own.

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    Good job!

    The brackets look like garage door hardware.



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    Very nice work! the best part is that it uses a cheap and easily replaceable blade. That has always been my question when someone links a new fangled wire stripper.

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    Love this idea of yours bejak. thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by zito View Post
    Yetish as in Sasquatch? Cool! Or maybe Yiddish?
    Hehehe boys, up here it's Yiddish too. And you never wanna be a putz. lb


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