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#27308 - 07/10/03 04:42 PM UF cable stripping  
rmiell  Offline
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 242
La Junta, Co. USA
Anyone have tips for stripping uf cable, 12-3 w/ground?


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#27309 - 07/10/03 05:27 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
Tom  Offline
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
You have to set your mouth just right.

Usually, I cut into the outer jacket right next to the equipment ground & run along it to the length I want plus a couple of inches. Then I pull the ground out, next I strip some jacket of of the single conductor & then I can usually pull it through the thin area in the jacket that used to separate it from the ground. Repeat the same trick with the remaining conductors & do some careful trimming with your knife where you want the jacket to end.

Of course, a propane torch is much faster. [Linked Image]

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#27310 - 07/10/03 08:44 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
ElectricAL  Offline
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 597
Minneapolis, MN USA
I like using two pliers, just about any flavour of pliers, one each to grip the insulated conductors on either side of the ground wire at the end of the cable. Twist the pliers in opposite directions. . .this starts a tear in the sheath 1/2" to 1" long and exposes the ground wire. Release one plier and reposition it to firmly grip the ground wire. Pull the two pliers apart. . .the ground wire acts like a zipper in the sheath, tearing through it. . .stop when enough length is exposed.

Set one plier aside. Most of the time, the sheath left around the insulated conductors will fold back just with finger pressure, exposing a short end of insulated conductor that can be gripped with the plier and pulled out.

Use a knife or side cutters to trim the sheath. Cut off the 1" of plier damaged conductor.

Al Hildenbrand

#27311 - 07/10/03 10:47 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
whbfb  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2
I just flatten the wide part out using my plyers causing it to pop open in the center...then strip it like romex

#27312 - 07/10/03 11:15 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,878
I do it similar to Tom's way, being careful to angle the Razor towards the Bare ground slightly to avoid damaging one of the insulated conductors. Then if you score the insides slightly the other conductors can be pulled out.

If it's old (or cold) cable it's not as easy as it sounds.


#27313 - 07/13/03 10:42 AM Re: UF cable stripping  
ThinkGood  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI
Haven't used this personally, but the slogan sure is catchy:

#27314 - 07/13/03 10:28 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
golf junkie  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 507
York, NE
"I do it similar to Tom's way"

Me too.
I prefer a pocket knife, with the right knife it's easy to run the knife right down the insulated conductor without cutting into the insulation. With a sharp knife like a utility knife it's harder to control.


#27315 - 07/15/03 10:59 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
John Steinke  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 518
Reno,Nv., USA
So that's what that Seatek tool is for!

Also, Ideal claims to have a UF stripper. Has anyone tried it?

#27316 - 07/16/03 09:40 PM Re: UF cable stripping  
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Would I be right to say that UF cable is the same as cab tire?

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