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post #1 of 26 Old 09-15-2007, 03:56 PM - Thread Starter
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I bought the 12AWG speaker wire from monoprice and I am having a little trouble stripping the insolation off of the wire. Some of the metal wires are being stripped off as well as the insolation. I'm using the 12 part on my wire stripper. Anyone else have this issue?
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Your probably applying to much preasure. I usually start with the 10 AWG slot with very light preassure to break the insulation, then move to the 12 AWG give it a little side to side wiggle or spin and pull the insulatioin comes right off.

You could always use your teeth if that doesn't work.

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I bought the 12AWG speaker wire from monoprice and I am having a little trouble stripping the insolation off of the wire. Some of the metal wires are being stripped off as well as the insolation. I'm using the 12 part on my wire stripper. Anyone else have this issue?

Use a bigger hole in your wire stripper. If it won't cut through the insulation rotate it around and around the wire.

Or use a sharp knife or box-cutter. Carefully roll the wire, gently but with enough force to slice the insulation, back and forth along the sharp edge.

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Hello,

Newbie to stripping wire insulation here. I was trying my best tonight to strip the wire without cutting any of the little strands and I cut off maybe 4 or 5. Will this effect the sound quality at all?

Thanks
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Try melting the insulation with a lighter and pull off

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Hello,

Newbie to stripping wire insulation here. I was trying my best tonight to strip the wire without cutting any of the little strands and I cut off maybe 4 or 5. Will this effect the sound quality at all?

Thanks

No, not at all. Make sure if there are any frayed ends they do not contact the other post.
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Some times when I strip my speaker cable I apply too much pressure and cut some of the strands in the group. Is this going to decrease to affect the clarity of the signal?
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What kind of strippers are you using???

Cheap ones = teh suck

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What kind of strippers are you using???

Cheap ones = teh suck

I guess cheap ones. Will this affect sound quality?
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The answer is right above your question.
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I guess cheap ones. Will this affect sound quality?

It will effect stripping quality...

Your goal is to not have any damaged strands; of course, the quality of the wire is a factor to.

When I used Monster, strands always broke; that's one reason why I say Monster cable sucks.

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It will effect stripping quality...

Your goal is to not have any damaged strands; of course, the quality of the wire is a factor to.

When I used Monster, strands always broke; that's one reason why I say Monster cable sucks.

Yea. I am using Monoprice cable. I'm not finding it an issue with the 12AWG cable because the strands are much bigger. The issue is with the 16AWG cable. The strands are very thin and are easily cut.
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Yea. I am using Monoprice cable. I'm not finding it an issue with the 12AWG cable because the strands are much bigger. The issue is with the 16AWG cable. The strands are very thin and are easily cut.

Go to Radio Shack and buy their wire stripping tool. It automatically adjusts to any size of wire and strips it in 1 second. I used to use this every day in my previous job. It is a complete life saver and costs less than $15. Trust me on this- you will never regret it.

It really helped me on the 12-2 and 14-2 that I ran in my theater also. It even strips the fine wires without any adjustment.
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I find stripping sections with a wire stripper pretty effective with those monoprice speaker cables. So if you need 1 inch stripped, break that into three sections.

Also if you twist the wire a bit at the cutpoint, that creates enough tension in the copper so when you pull the jacket off very very very few strands come off with it.
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This was from 2008. Not trying to sound elitist, but I think the OP figured it out.
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This was from 2008. Not trying to sound elitist, but I think the OP figured it out.

eh i figure this thread might be helpful in google searches. This came up on the first page when i was searching for the same answers.
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Since this thread is back from the dead anyway, please allow me to make a simple suggestion for those pissing money away into wire strippers. For speaker wire, this is all the wire stripper you need:


Roll your wire between your thumb & the blade until you slice almost all the way through the jacket, then twist & pull the jacket. Once you get the hang of it you won't break any copper.

I find that a simple razor knife (or most often, my pocket knife) is much easier than screwing with wire strippers, but if you're the type of person who's likely to hurt himself with such a device, then I'd suggest a set like the yellow pair in this picture:

They work very well and they're cheap. I think that you can even buy a set from Kimber Kable in case you feel that his product might make your stripped wires sound better.
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LOL. Is this for real?
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LOL. Is this for real?

Is what for real? stripping a wire with just a blade?
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I depends on which one your using. But for what your doing if I was doing it with mine I would use the 12 just to cut, then move to the 10 to do the actual stripping of the wire.
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Why not just buy 10AWG wire and if you break a few wires it effectively becomes 12AWG.
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I used a box cutter as suggested, and it worked like a charm on thin 24-gauge speaker wire -- not a single wire was cut! I didn't want to invest in a wire stripper, as I was only attaching some speakers to a stereo system.
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i need help on this one. i have a cheap wire stripper but not the automatic ones, should i get it?
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i need help on this one. i have a cheap wire stripper but not the automatic ones, should i get it?
Do you plan on making cables for a living?

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no, but i need a couple of cables for speakers, and its even more complicated that speaker manual wantes spade connectors, polarity - + for each speaker. I plan to get a 12AWG cable, but how on earth am i supposed to split them into two for each speaker?
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Well after using a wire cutter I bought for $10 it was useless. Even using the 10 gauge setting on it on my 12 gauge cable it would cut a lot of the copper strips.

Took the above advice and used a scalpel I have, rolled it around the insulation then bent the insulation to open up the cut slightly and slipped my thumbnail in and twisted the insulation off. Worked like a charm.
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