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    Any ideas???

    I need some ideas on how to strip this wire/cable. It does not fit in my wire stripper and the outer insulations is very hard plastic. Pieces range anywhere from about 8 inches long to well over 5 feet long. The cable is about the diameter of a 50 cent piece.





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    Just box it up & send it to me!

    SRSLY, though, the way I would do that is to put it in my vise & Dremel down one side.

    If that took too long, maybe try a wide blade wood chisel down one side, making cuts as far apart as you can get away with, then a BFH to finish splitting it.

    Actually, now that I think about it, I might start with the chisel option. Maybe try putting a coupla pieces in the deepfreeze to see if that helps with removal by making the plastic more brittle/easier to split?
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    Vise and grinder.
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    The trick is get the insulation hot.

    You can leave it outside in the sun.

    You can put it on the oven.

    The idea is the get it soft,once it soft, just use a sharp knife ,it come clean when you pull the insulation .

    I saw it,on one of the scrapping videos on YouTube.

    In that video they use one electric heater.

    I f i ever find this video i will post a link here.

    I hope it helps.

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    what is that wire from?

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    Ginofrater has a good idea. I have used a band saw,just cut the plastic

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    Im not exactly sure what its from. Was given to my by my grandpa that had it laying around on the farm for many many years.

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    I use micks advice. But I use a metal wheel in my grinder for cutting plastic. Doesn't gum up on the blade

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    In the past I have used a table saw with a thin carbide tipped blade and set the height of the blade to just cut through the insulation. A piece of 2 x 8 notched out the size of the wire clamped to the table keeps the wire in place and fingers away from blade. Beware to feed slowly so wire doesn't catch. works very well.

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    A cut-off wheel on a grinder works for small quantities also.

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    Put it out in sun for about an hour and then run a razor knife down one side

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginofrater View Post
    I f i ever find this video i will post a link here.
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    Thought this was more interesting, lol.



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    Thanks for the video i did not have the time to look for it yesterday.

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    The video shows that it easy to strip those large cables. Do not cut towards yourself like he does beacuse eventually you will be cut.

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    Yeah was thinking he was gonna stab himself or cut a finger off. Looked pretty dangerous and wreckless how he was cutting

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    I agree with other posters with warming up the jacket of the cable in the sun. Makes the nylon softer. The tool I use, though, I have not seen mentioned in this forum--a "spokeshave". Its a wood cutting tool with handles on both sides of the blade, and you cut by pulling it towards yourself. Sorry, I didn't look for a photo before I posted this but you should be able to find a picture on google images. They are available from some of the specialty woodworking vendors, and probably can be spotted in pawn shops occasionally.

    I went from a sharp razor knife to a spokeshave because it was easier to control the cut and worked quite quickly. Of course, you had to hold the wire in a vise. I pre-cut all my wire into 18" lengths and could pretty much do the whole length in one setting of the vise. I used this on wire 1/4" in diameter and up.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonniebrass View Post
    The video shows that it easy to strip those large cables. Do not cut towards yourself like he does beacuse eventually you will be cut.
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