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  1. 90% of aftermarket alarms are apparently installed with the noise- and
    vibration-detectors turned all the way up, presumably so the person
    buying them will feel like they got something for their money. The
    result is continual false alarms.

    I don't know why anyone buys an alarm system anymore. After years of
    getting a 3 am alarm serenade I have to say my first reaction upon
    hearing a car alarm is *not* that someone must be stealing the car.
    Someone needs to invent an EMP gun that can take these little
    noisemakers out at fifty paces. ;)
  2. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    There are a number of tools for stripping cable sheath longtitudinally
    eg. Knipex
    but these are only for cables of around 6mm diam minimal. In order to
    strip individual conductor sheathing (insulation) for smaller gauges
    this is a rather specialised function for such purposes as stripping
    thermocouple wires. This company sells this type of stripping tool but
    they would be very expensive and probably only viable for mass
    production. You also need a different stripper die for each wire
  3. Guest

    I ended up getting this one from Radio Shack:
    For $12.99. It was a piece of junk, it felt like it was going to fall
    apart. I didn't even test it out, I just took it back.

    Then I bought a different brand from Menards (home improvement store),
    where you don't have to choose what size wire you are stripping, for

    And one of these (the kind where you must select the right hole for
    your size of wire) for $25:

    I tried them both. The $25 set (the only one made in the USA) works
    great. I'll be keeping that one.

    It does strip wire in the middle, but not perfectly. But it will be
    much easier than manually trying to cut without damaging any strands.
    I'll still have to make a laterall cut manually.

    Thanks for all the input.
  4. I have one of similar design - not of course from Radio Shack - and it
    cost a deal more than the one they show. It's the best wire stripper I
    have and I have many. It's also had a lot of use and still works properly
    on the original jaws which are available as spares.

    I can't of course comment on the RS one, but not even trying something
    after buying seems strange.
  5. Guest

    I did try it, by working the tool in my hand many times, that was
    enough. The operation of the left and right jaws weren't right,
    sometimes when you let the tool close the blades wouldn't be open so
    you couldn't put the wires in. The handles didn't move smoothly, they
    wanted to wobble all over instead of moving in an arc. Sometimes it
    would get stuck open.

    As soon as I opened the package of the US made one, I could tell just
    by the feel of it that it was a much much better tool.
  6. When made correctly that type of tool can work very well. I have one
    made specifically for RG-59U coax that I use when installing security
    cameras. It's very quick and reliable. But it's a fairly heavy-duty,
    well-made item, which means it probably didn't come from Radio Shack. ;)
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