Easy Way to Strip Insulation Off 22-Gauge Wire


Stripping wire is fast and easy when you have a wire stripper, but when you are away from your toolbox, there are a few tricks that can help you out. Having the right tool for the job always makes life easier, but if you can think outside of the box, there is more than one way of getting this job done.

Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Don work gloves. Cut the rubber shielding around the wire a few inches from one end using a utility knife. Cut all the way through the rubber shielding down to the metal core of the wire around the full circumference of the wire. Once the cut has been made, pull the rubber shielding off the end of the wire.

  • Tie this bare end of the wire around a pole, tree or other fixed point. Angle the edge of the knife toward you, resting it on top of the bare wire at a 45-degree angle into the wire at the edge of the shielding you cut. The core of the wire being metal prevents the blade of the knife cutting straight through, and acts as a guide, allowing you to cut the shielding without cutting the wire.

  • Walk backward, pulling on the wire with one hand, with your other hand holding the knife against the wire. As you walk backward, the knife follows the core of the wire, cutting and removing the sheath. Continue walking backward as far as you need to to remove the required amount of sheath. After you finish cutting the casing, pull off any excess that remains from the wire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Recycle the rubber sheathing when you have finished removing it where possible.
  • Be careful when handling sharp objects.

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