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  • stripping copper wire

    does anyone have a quick and easy way to strip 1AWG and smaller wire.

    now that copper price is up i like to get as much as i can for it .they take a lot off the cost for the % of coating that is o the wire .so I'd rather have $1.80 a LB and not $.95 a LB .

    how about some ideas

    thanks charlie
    Charlie

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  • #2
    if you can deal with the smell of it and IF it is LEAGLE in your area i have an old grill that isn't fit for cooking any more so i just burn it off than when it is cool i just run it though my hand as i hold a peice of sandpaper i like 100 grit.i could do that in Maryland but now that i live in Florida it is illeagle to do it that way here.hope that might be of some help.
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    • #3
      i did that at one time but if they see i was heated up they did not take it .
      and with the fire dpt showing up for all the black smoke i had to stop.
      thanks
      Charlie

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      • #4
        The only safe way i know of is to use the sharpest utility knife you have and cut into the insulation parallel to the wire, This allows you to strip of enough of the insulation that it will just peel open from the sides.

        I wouldn't try any chemicals or melting either.
        "Diplomacy is saying nice dodging until you can find a rock." Will Rogers
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        • #5
          I used a right angle grinder with a thin blade sideways and just ran down the length and peeled it off. I was stripping some heavier wire but it should work for your application.

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          • #6
            My Father in Law scraps, and I suggested this, take some steel plate and drill the appropriate size hole to pass the unstripped wire through. Weld some sharp barbs 180 degrees away from each other to the backside of the plate. Strip the first few feet of wire, then feed it in the hole and attach to a winch/spindle/capstan on the downside and start cranking. The barbs would score the insulation and allow it to fall/be easily pulled off before reaching the spool. That way he could have one plate with various size wire holes in it that would process various sizes of wire.
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            • #7
              my wire stripping methods

              as stated by polar sparky 1224, the best way is with a sharp utility knife. a good helper is to lay the wire out on a hot driveway for 10-15 minutes to loosen up the insulation. if you cut the wire into managable lengths you then can put one end in a vise, start at the far end with your utility knife and walk toward the vise slicing as you go. in colder weather you can also cut the wire up (larger sizes) and place it into a hot water-filled wash tub or utility sink. it has the same effect as leaving the wire out on a hot driveway. good luck.

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              • #8
                Wire stripping alternative

                You might want to take a look at this site. There actually is a tool made for that purpose. It is a little pricey, but if you have a lot of wire to strip, will probably pay for itself in a short period of time.
                www.bigbuks.com
                Jim Don

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                • #9
                  JimDon
                  you are right not cheep but now it looks like this is something i might try to make

                  thanks
                  Charlie

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                  • #10
                    Re: stripping copper wire

                    Hey guys Im an Electrician from Toronto Canada, I believe you guys may have overlooked somthing. Stripping insulation by hand can lead to injury and doesn’t add to the value of the wire. Pricing is based on specific formulas for each type of wire. The insulation will be removed later by high-speed wire-chopping machines. You can even leave the wire on its spool because the machine will also separate the wood content from the wire. Never burn wire to remove its insulation — it is not necessary and you could be fined by the EPA.

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                    • #11
                      Re: stripping copper wire

                      Holy thread revival batman... Yes stripping it does increase the Value... My dad an i sold about 4 or 5 grand worth of copper off of an industrial site and it was big stuff with hard insulation... what we did was notch out a square in a piece of 2x4 to the size of the wire and then raised the blade to the thickness of the insulation (not much) ran it through the saw in 10' lengths and then finished the remainder off with a razor and peeled it off with side cutters. worked liek a charm. anthing smaller just use a razor knife and wear some nice thick leather gloves pop one end of the wire in a vise and pull a knife down the length. good luck. P.S i wouldent sell now lol commodity prices are in the crapper.

                      -Mitch

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                      • #12
                        Re: stripping copper wire

                        Easy as pie. Set your grill outdide and fire it up. Put on a pair of heavy duty gloves and grab a 30" piece of wire/cable at one end. Slowly "roast" it over the flame (without touching the flame) going back and forth half way down the length. Grab your razor knife and slice the heated insulation off. Then turn it around and "roast" the other half. For the added time of stripping the pay off is well worth it. No thick nasty smoke and pure green after you recycle the copper. Toss the insulation in the trash.

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                        • #13
                          Re: stripping copper wire

                          Originally posted by Sparky176c View Post
                          Easy as pie. Set your grill outdide and fire it up. Put on a pair of heavy duty gloves and grab a 30" piece of wire/cable at one end. Slowly "roast" it over the flame (without touching the flame) going back and forth half way down the length. Grab your razor knife and slice the heated insulation off. Then turn it around and "roast" the other half. For the added time of stripping the pay off is well worth it. No thick nasty smoke and pure green after you recycle the copper. Toss the insulation in the trash.
                          i like this idea ,i do use a heater with the wire above it is make it a little softer.

                          and here i n the USA you do make more $ if the copper is clean
                          how much is it per pound up north
                          Charlie

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                          new work pictures 12/09
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                          • #14
                            2 of the best way to do this

                            you can buy the wire stripping machine thats very expensive for how simple it is and also takes a little work ''ooorrrr''!!! you can do a little research and find a chemical acid that destroys rubber and plastic before copper and then you can sit on your *** watch TV or somthin and strip any thing no mater what without a ounce of real work

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                            • #15
                              Re: stripping copper wire

                              ddc

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