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#35033 03/03/04 05:59 PM
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I bought a cord for my LED traffic light 25' orange cord. I was using it for my traffic light I got but how do you cut round cord without cutting the wires inside it?


Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
#35034 03/03/04 06:12 PM
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I've found that using the tiny nippy cutters by Klein (designed mostly for electronic work) does good results.

I start from the cut end, working the point of the blade between two conductors and start snipping my way straight down the cord, pausing every couple of inches and separating the plastic jacket as I go along. It makes it easier if you do this cutting at two spots so you're ending with two ribbons of jacket.

I've never nicked or cut the conductors' insulation this way. It takes some practice but I've gotten pretty good at it. Take your time.

#35035 03/03/04 08:46 PM
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Bend the cord over a finger and use a knife to carefully scribe and ring around the outer jacket to remove it.


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#35036 03/03/04 08:51 PM
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You can also score it then flex to snap whats left of the jacket. Just make sue to give the conductors a little tug to make sure you didn't knick them.

#35037 03/04/04 12:05 AM
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Thanks I got it that outter insulation is thick


Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
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Joe Tedesco said:

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Bend the cord over a finger and use a knife to

Joe,

That is an excellent technique to use with zip cord. If you use a very sharp scalpel blade or even a very sharp, new, razor blade you don't even have to scribe.

Just lightly press the sharp edge against the point you want to strip and you'll see it literally split right under the edge, almost like butter. WOW!!!!

I think I tried that once with double-insulated cord but I split both the outside jacket and the inner insulators. Maybe I just was being a klutz. [Linked Image]

#35039 03/04/04 02:20 PM
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What Joe and JCooper said. This is how you strip any round cord and many cables. Score it with a knife, bend it back and forth and pull it off. This results in a nice clean jacket cut. There are several types of strippers on the market that will do the scoring for you but with a little practice you should have no problem with a knife.

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Just lightly press the sharp edge against the point you want to strip and you'll see it literally split right under the edge, almost like butter. WOW!!!!

That's a technique I've often used. You need a really sharp blade for it to work at its best though.


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