How to Cut Speaker Wire

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Home audio systems used to be judged by their size and sound output. Now the size has shrunk significantly and the output has increased. Many surround sound systems use small speakers placed throughout the room in particular locations to maximize the acoustics and sound quality. To do this you need to have a good amount of speaker wire to place the speakers in optimum performance areas. Cutting speaker wire is a basic skill essential to any wiring task and can be easily accomplished following basic guidelines.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutters
  • Hold the wire at the point where you wish to make the cut. You can mark the wire if you like for a precise reference or cutting point.

  • Open the wire cutters and place the wire inside the open "V" of the cutters. Ensure that the wire sits straight inside the "V" and is not crooked or at an angle.

  • Clamp down on the wire cutters and the wire should cut cleanly in two. Sometimes the wire will crimp if you fail to cut through. Replace the cutters and try again if this happens.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use sharp wire cutters to avoid having to make multiple cuts.
  • Cut speaker wires evenly for the best results
  • Never cut wire with a running electrical current. This can cause serious shock or injury.

References

  • Photo Credit Chad Baker/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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