time I install new electrical cable, I wind up using three tools. First I use a
utility knife to slice down the center of the cable jacket and remove the
excess jacket. I figure I'm doing well if I don't slice my hand in the process.
Then I use a wire stripper tool to remove insulation from each wire. Finally, I
use an electrician's pliers to bend the copper wire ends into loops. Well, I'm
giving up on all those tools now that I own the Ideal Industries brand Lil' Ripper
Stripper (No. 45-025; $6 at amazon.com).
Just shove the ripper end into the
cable jacket and push it up the cable. It cuts without damaging any wires. Then
use the built-in jacket-cutting blade to remove the excess jacket. Strip wires
with the stripper blades built into the side of the tool. To bend loops, just
insert the copper wire into a hole and rotate the tool—instant loops! As if the
tool doesn't do enough, jam a wire nut into the end and use the tool as a wire
nut wrench. This tool really saves time because it does it all. I'm really
impressed with the design.
— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor
For dozens of electrical tips and projects, search "electrical" on familyhandyman.com.
Is there a wire size limit?
Find more electrician tools recommended by professionals here:
ScreenName My Account (Log
Log in or
Get timely DIY projects for your home and yard,
plus a dream project for your wish list!