Upgrade my Wire Strippers...

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  1. James Knox

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    I need some nice “end cut” Wire Strippers for 20-22 awg to use for up-close-inside-chassis stripping.

    What do you use?
     
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    For 20 gauge and smaller I use my thumb nail and index finger. Dirt cheap and has not worn out with 55 years of regular use.
     
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    I use a bigger chassis for one thing. :)

    Seriously, though, my 'better' ones start at 20 and go up to 24 or 26, so the jaws are shorter. I have some that run from 16 to 22 for the same reason.
     
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    For tiny wire like that I use what's in your picture.
     
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    I use a pair of similar to the ones in your picture. The trick to stripping a short piece of wire inside the chassis is to hold the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers and you can grab it right up next to where you are stripping it that way. Just make sure you use a smooth jawed pair of pliers so that you don't mess up the insulation on the wire.
     
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    I usually use my Klein Tools strippers. They're considered "industry standard" in the sign world, and last forever. ;)
     
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    Good tip regarding holding the wire with smooth needle nose...
     
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    lol, yes I know you refer to 5F1 chassis as “gopher coffins”. I’m working inside a 5E3 size chassis right now. I like the idea of a pair of strippers that start at 20 awg.
     
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    I use "one size fits all" strippers like these...

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    They look like cheap plastic crap, but they are actually very good.
    Great for tight places and the "automatic" one squeeze strip is nice.
    No pulling or yanking on the wire to get the insulation off.

    These are not the only strippers I have.
    I have MANY different types of automatic and manual strippers.
    Which one gets used depends on the job I'm doing....

    I just realized the last 3 sentences could be taken.... differently.... ;)

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    I was looking at some just like those. How do you set it for 20 awg wire?
     
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    I recommend upgrading from wire to flesh and blood
     
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    I bought some new strippers one time and the first day I used them, I cut into a hot wire and blew a hole in the cutting part. That little hole was the best stripper for the size wire you're talking about.
     
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    Those in particular are automatic for any gauge wire 22 to 12 GA, Automatically adjusts to wire size.
    Just stick the wire in the nose of the strippers to the depth of strip you want, and squeeze the handles. Done.

    https://www.matcotools.com/catalog/product/WCS191/wire-stripper-recessed-areas/

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    I've used a bunch of types over the years.

    For working in tight areas, there is nothing better than the Knipex for me.

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    I use this kind for practically every size of PVC coated wire in a tube amp and I never adjust them.

    The adjustment is done by the pressure I put on them during stripping.

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    I've always like the idea of auto-strippers. Do they work on cloth-covered wire?

    One of the reasons I have a selection is my preference for (admittedly finicky) cloth stuff. Dawn and Bambi refused to pose this early, but here for comic relief, a line-up of the rest of my strippers. The stupid-cheap ones on the right I've owned since college, still use occasionally for tiny spaces. Both 20-30 ones are very precise; the less precise 16-26 works well for 18ga, and then if I have 12 or 14, the cheap crimpers/cutters/strippers on the left...

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