Drew's article is no exception. I have been doing my crimping with a pair of pliers-type crimpers that I bought more than 30 years ago to crimp the 10-gauge 220V power terminals on a submersible well pump that would be installed 100+ feet below the water surface. Now I'm gonna have to make that trip to the tool store.
But turnabout is fair play.
I noticed in Drew's article that he uses a pair of those stamped sheet metal wire strippers. Like the pliers-type crimpers, these are OK, but there's a better tool choice:
These things are just wonderful. They:
- Strip any common-sized wire
- Self-adjust to the wire size and insulation thickness
- Require only one hand for operation (great in tight spaces)
- Produce repeatable strip lengths
To use is simplicity itself. First, set the little red stop to produce the strip length you require. Insert the wire:
Squeeze the handles, and voilà! The wire is stripped to the desired length without nicking the conductor.
No tool is perfect. Here are a few caveats to go with this one:
- I'd say the upper size limit for this is probably 10 gauge wire, maybe 8 gauge if the insulation is thin
- With very light gauge wire (28 gauge), sometimes one of the conductor strands departs with the stripped insulation
- If you are stripping nylon-coated wire (TFFN/THHN), you will likely have to strip it once for the nylon coating and once for the insulation.