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  1. Guest

    I plan to install a remote starter in my car. I'd like to buy a tool
    to strip the wires, if its not too expensive. I have a set of plier-
    like ones, where you insert the wire into the correct slot, squeeze
    the handles, then pull the wire through, shedding the insulation.

    But that is only for stripping the ends of wires. I'd like to be able
    to strip wires 'inline', without cutting them. Is that what an
    automatic stripper does? Like
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062786
    or
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=42101

    Or is there another tool? Thanks.
     
  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    http://www.wrcase.com/knives/pocket_knives/





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  3. Guest

    Thats what I used when I put in my last remote starter. It was a lot
    of slow, careful work. I was hoping there was a tool that could do
    this quickly and without risk of cutting the wire.
     
  4. You can buy those in dollar stores.
    Most of us use a pocket knife - carefully, so as to not nick the wire.
     
  5. oh, you want to strip the wire without taking/cutting the conecctors of ,
    ?? buy a cigarette lighter, soften/melt the plastic and QUICKLY pul the
    insulastion off with ya fingers.
    mark k
     
  6. Those strippers are for stripping the end only. Their specialty is that
    they "adjust" to the size of the wire automatically. This means they only
    remove 10% of the strands along with the insulation. ;-)

    Seriously, you should use a better connector instead. You don't want to
    strip an inch of insulation off, you just want to displace enough insulation
    to make a connection. Something like these:
    http://www3.3m.com/catalog/us/en001...actors_3_0/command_AbcPageHandler/output_html
    Try to find some that have a moisture resistant grease inside. This will
    not only keep water out, but the air too.
     
  7. I use linemans plyers / dikes, but lots of people can't strip wire with
    them.. They are my favorite tool for stripping wire.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/vintage-KLEIN-S...03556914QQcategoryZ111614QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  8. Of these two the RS one is ideal for this purpose - provided you use the
    correct size for the cable, and the sizes provided by the jaws cover the
    cables in use.
    I've got just about every cable stripper known to man and although the
    automatic types sound like a good idea they simply don't match up to this
    type for stripping with no chance of conductor damage - provided as I say
    you use the correct 'notch' out of the four provided and make sure it's
    aligned on the cable. If you're sloppy about this it makes a good cable
    cutter. ;-) The snag is it needs more space to work than some other types.

    This type is also of use as again won't damage the conductor but has to be
    manually adjusted. Couldn't find it on the RS site, but most electricians
    use them.
    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VA237.html
     
  9. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    That's exactly the item that I was going to suggest as well. They are made
    for the job of in-line splicing, and do it very well.

    Arfa
     
  10. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

  11. And look like the bodge they are. ;-) You'll not find them used on a
    maker's harness.
     
  12. Do you think that stripping an inch of insulation in the middle of a run is
    a better way to go? If so, you'll not be doing any wiring on my car. ;-)
    Short of soldering, I can't think of anything more reliable than IDC type
    crimp-ons. They're used all over the place in critcal applications. e.g.
    computer data cables, network and telephone industry etc. Auto makers use
    plenty of crimp-on pins too. :)
     
  13. ampdoc

    ampdoc Guest

    90% of professional alarm installers use the T-Tap 3M connectors. They have
    a great track record and work well, and are used because of the speed in
    which they can be put in, as well as the fact you don't want to drop a hot
    soldering iron in a brand new corvette seat :). If you use some 3M super 33
    tape and wrap the harness for the alarm, and wrap your connections properly,
    when you finish it looks enough like the car harness that a thief is hard
    pressed to find the alarm wiring :)

    Jammy
    (Got stuck doing installs as well as repairs when I started in electronics)
     
  14. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    I don't know of any tool that would strip a section of wire other than at
    the end. Why not use 3M splicers like everyone else? They don't require
    anything except a pair of pliers. Way back when I started out in
    electronics one of my first jobs was installing auto accessories. I used
    those splicers all the time and can't recall every having a problem with
    them.
     
  15. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Heh, I just suggested these in a prior reply. I've used a ton of those
    without any problems.

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  16. But they're not a crimp. Proper crimped connections are fine.
     
  17. And 90% of aftermarket alarms are a problem within a few years. ;-)
     
  18. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

  19. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I use several mentioned in this thread, including yours. I also use a
    "T-Rex" for ribbon cable and such like:

    http://www.sicom.co.nz//site/images/42904.jpg

    - Franc Zabkar
     
  20. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    Sorry, I just realised that you wanted to strip *without* cutting.

    - Franc Zabkar
     
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