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Stripping Wire

How To Strip Wires
When replacing switches, outlets or working with wiring, it is important to have a solid connection for maximum performance. If the wire ends look threadbare, corroded or dirty, you should make a new connection end. Simply clip off the wire end up to the point of the insulation (coating). With wire strippers, a box cutter or razor blade, carefully score the insulation all the way around the wire without cutting the wire inside.

When you have a clean line all the way around the insulation, gently pull it off, exposing a clean wire end. If your circuit wire is short and snipping any of it will make reconnection difficult, you can opt to clean the wire ends with fine sandpaper. Simply sand lightly until you have a clean end.