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    So I put a few of the smaller pieces out in the sun for about an hour. It worked great, the utility knife cut right through the casing. Thanks for the advice everyone.


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    i use a draw know or a new blade from a carpet knife, clamp it between two things and cut it. or i lay it out on my trailer and cut it and peel it....i don't have a wire striper yet..if my 2x4 and dry wall screws don't work i just cut it and peel it.... but the warmer the plastic is the easier it is. i knew a guy that had a huge corn pot and would boil the wire before cutting it

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    Im new here and dont know if your doing it as a hobby or work. If you have a lot of it and can keep busy getting more scrap and flipping loads each day, Id contact a solid buyer of wire and settle on a good deal. Sell it and move right on to scrapping and making money on more or other stuff. I just dont know your situation. If its a few hundred pounds an dhave the time upgrade upgrade upgrade. You got good answers.

    If its a lot more contact a wire buyer. They buy off basis (lme) percentage and a chop fee. You usually can make close to the clean price and just be done with it.

    I may be wrong. I have made many mistakes. You got great advice in the thread. That tractor vid was funny.

    Aaron.

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    I'm a electrical apprentice and the way we stripp wire if its thick wire is a fresh razor blade and if the the plastic coating is hard let it get warm the razor should slide like butter and don't hold the blade on to steep of a angle or it will keep getting caught on the copper

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    have you tried a carpet/linoleum knife?

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    Personalty quickest way is gas and a match, but that is environmentally unfriendly... Although quite interesting my yard will buy burnt wire as #!. He explained that the smelters just burn it and the fire makes it clean ready to pour into the pot.. They use HEPA filters on the stacks to catch the fumes.

    One way of doing it, is get a cast saw. Like the ones they use for cutting casts off of broken bones. My buddy used one for years.

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    Im not sure if I can explain my stripper and I have yet to figure out how to post pics. So here goes. I took plumbing flairing tool. Square bar with various size holes for different sizes of tubing. I removed everything from the tool so it's just the block. There are two bolts at each end that allow you to separate the 2 halves of the block. What I do is pic a hole about the size of my wire then place a box knife razor blade in it and adjust the blade so that it will cut through the shielding. Now I place the tool in my bench vice then from the back side press your wire in till it clears the blade. Now just pull the wire through. It's stupid simple and works great for all the wires I strip. Only thing that takes a little extra time is I presort my wire into similar gauges so that im not adjusting the blade more than I need to. Man I wish I could figure out how to post pics.

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    A electric planer works well if you have one. Though its just a different version of the spokeshave and the table saw idea.

    Both of which I had not thought of, and the spokeshaves a really good idea if you ever need to strip the outer coating off 'in the field'.

    The table saw idea would be really really quick too. I'm thinking about it more and relise a 'skillsaw' could do the same job if set up right.
    It could also cut the thicker solid insulation off certain cables.

    Impressed, I have learnt at least two things today. That means I will have a good sleep tonight.

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    id like to have that wire for sure never have i seen that most i come upon is romex.

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    lol brown paper bag? yeah like thats gona hold lots of copper without breaking lol. walking to scrap yard then it rains and then your copper is all over the ground hahah. if i had to use a bag i would use a reusable toute for copper at least when its wet no mess=)


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