A quick post about wire stripping

So not everyone knows this trick. I know many people do something similar. I had to work this out by myself so let’s share it around.

There’s a neat trick when you strip wires that gives you much neater wires that are easier to route or solder.

First you’ll need a pair of pliers style wire strippers.

A pair like these.

Let’s start

Here’s where we start

What you do is you cut the wire with the strippers, then separate the wire insulation just a tiny bit. As little as half a mm.

separated just a tiny bit

This’ll leave a little tube of insulation still on the wire at the top, separated slightly from the rest of the insulation.
Now for the clever bit.

Twist that tiny bit of insulation. It should be easy to twist as you’ve already separated it from the underlying wire by pulling it up.

Twisting in progress


Keep twisting until it winds off. You end up with the exposed wire neatly and tightly Wound straight. Ready for soldering or inserting.

(Man the flash and macro mode made that last shot look really green)

Published by ilike8bits

I collect old computers and consoles

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