Easy-Read Wire Strippers
A simple modification makes stripping wires faster and more reliable.
When I’m wiring a house, I find it difficult to see the correct stripping gauge on the stripping tool because of my aging eyes. The problem is worse when there’s not enough light. I solved the problem by marking the 14-ga. stripping notch (the most common size) with a black felt-tip pen (on the front and the back side of the tool). With this modification, I now can easily strip a wire’s insulation without worrying about nicking the conductor by using a notch that’s too small.
—Ron Wlock, North Vancouver, B.C.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #281