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Srwven 
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Posted: November 18, 2004 at 11:32 AM / IP Logged  
I have searched the forums about this and it is mentioned that there is a tool for stripping a wire that you are not cutting (to tap into).  They just mentioned an auto stripper.  Is it something like this? http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5fid=64-2981
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Posted: November 18, 2004 at 12:15 PM / IP Logged  
That will work, though it is somewhat an old design. The tough part about in-stripping is that the wire has no place to go. You either bunch up one end (and cut it), or risk stressing the copper wires as you strip.
I use this and just cut the excess wire off, taping up if necessary.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-8YyAyWMq5Xo/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=18119000&cc=01&search=wire+stripper
Many electrical stores have these, not just crutchfield, but you get the idea.
DXAV
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Posted: November 18, 2004 at 12:21 PM / IP Logged  

Srwven,

That tool you linked to is used to strip the ends of wire that you have already cut. If you are talking about removing a piece of insulation midway through the wire, you would need either a) a wire slitter ( http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=360-720 ) or b) use a regular wire stripper for the proper guage of wire, and make two cuts however far apart you need, then cut lengthwise between them with a sharp razor. Be careful not to damage the wire.

Good luck!

Srwven 
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Posted: November 18, 2004 at 1:31 PM / IP Logged  
bitwise wrote:

 If you are talking about removing a piece of insulation midway through the wire, you would need either a) a wire slitter ( http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=360-720 ) or b) use a regular wire stripper for the proper guage of wire, and make two cuts however far apart you need, then cut lengthwise between them with a sharp razor. Be careful not to damage the wire.

Good luck!

I was thinking b) but saw a tool mentioned and thought maybe there was a better way, especially once you get your big clumsy hands up under a tight steering column.

NowYaKnow 
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Posted: November 18, 2004 at 5:24 PM / IP Logged  
These are my preference when tapping into a wire.
in-line wire strippers -- posted image.
Actually I use this type for about 99% of the wire stripping that I do..
Mike
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That looks alot like my GB unit. Except the handle on mine is red.
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NowYaKnow 
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"That looks alot like my GB unit. Except the handle on mine is red."
Yeah same thing I have both the yellow and the red.. The yellow are from Kmart and the red are from Home Depot. No real noticeable difference except maybe a few dollars in price.. One tip if going with this type of stripper and breaking a lot of smaller wires. I would recommend bending out the two overlapping pieces on the rear. These parts fit a little too tightly and cause a harsh pull which leads to a lot of smaller wires broken in half. After bending out some you'll never break another wire.. Course try them without bending the pieces first if you don't have a problem then no reason to bend things.
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I just use a very sharp pair of precision wire cutters as if I'm stripping and end and then cut the excess off the wire, I can do this anywhere upto 40 - 50 times a day, so if you are going to be doing this often then learn to do it with wire cutters so as not to waste time swapping tools over
silversi17 
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I've found any of these to be the best for stripping wires in-line. http://www.mytoolstore.com/klein/11045.html

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NowYaKnow,
Good tip on that smaller wire problem. Havent had that problem per say, but will definately keep that in mind if it comes up.
The funny thing is that the red one is from Home Depot. I never thought mine would have lasted all these years with the abuse and usuage it has undergone.
One of the few tools, I spent very little for and hasnt broken yet.
silversi17,
Klein tools, are one of the very best for daily users. I have used many other no name brands, and the cutting edge always goes dull.
Like you say, you get what you pay for.
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