Hi, If you are careful...the best method I have found..using an electricians knife...(get rid of that utility blade it will get you into trouble...they are TOO SHARP)..is to cut away either sidewall of the cable...along the conductors..removing only enough to expose the conductor..then carefully pull the conductors away from each other, once this is done cut the sheath on each side of the ground and twist the remainder off the ground wire.
UF is tough cable...especially if it is cold!
You should never need to strip more than 6-18" inches of UF cable.
Hope that helps..
[This message has been edited by mustangelectric (edited 11-22-2004).]
I have always split it down the middle about two or three inches, then I grab the grounding conductor with my side cutters while holding the other conductors and the jacket ( you may need to hold these with a pair of adjustable pliers) and simply pull as far as you want to strip the cable.
After you get it started it goes kind of easy.
After this it is pretty easy to remove the other conductors from the jacket.
I always cut UF cable vertically (like I was splitting a banana) alongside the ground wire to the desired length. Then I pull the ground wire out with pliers. Next, I score the two sections using the hollowed out half rounds where the ground was as a guide. Next, I pull the two remaining insulated conductors out with my pliers through the scored line. Last, I cut off the sheathing. Quick and easy, never any damaged insulation.