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Stripping and Straightening Copper Wire

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With the end of the wire in a vice, I run it through a hole in a piece of wood, with a slot cut in which I place a knife to cut the insulation.

Then to go from this...


the end is clamped firmly in a vice.

The other end is twisted around the jaws of a pair of pliers and stretched as far as possible by hand.

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Then the final kinks are removed by striking the pliers with a hammer. If the wire is wound around the pliers as shown, the force of the hammer tightens the pliers onto the wire. The bigger the wire, the bigger the hammer.

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