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Old 01-09-2009, 02:56 PM   #16
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I have some of that old NM. It's almost as hard to strip as UF. Now that (UF) was the biggest nightmare of yester-year; even moreso than trying to cut the sheath of BX without the proper cutting tool. The new UF is much better, IMO.

I may have gripes about the thinner jacket on the new NMB, but I love it when it comes to stripping the outer jacket. No need to buy the more expensive Klein NMB stripper ($20) with the NMB stripper, I got the $11 one (also Klein) that strips just the wire, and it works great on the new THHN insulation.

Just use a dremel with a grinding bit on it and cut in a straight line (red line), and then just pull it off in an unscrewing motion. Or buy rotosplit...
I just strip with a utility knife. (Not my pic)
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Just use a dremel with a grinding bit on it and cut in a straight line (red line), and then just pull it off in an unscrewing motion. Or buy rotosplit...
I just strip with a utility knife. (Not my pic)
Or break it and snip it with dikes...
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Or break it and snip it with dikes...

Well...yeah but it looks messy.
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Well...yeah but it looks messy.
Not after you clean it up. When you get done, it should look just like you did it with a tool. But, just for the record, they make a tool for it, and if someone were doing enough, they should get it. Since I went into business for myself, I haven't used my Rotosplit alot lately, because I'm either pulling romex or bending pipe, but I bet the blade on that thing has made 50,000 cuts, and I haven't ever changed it! If you get it set just right, it will last a very long time.
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I worked with a sparky who used a hacksaw to cut the bx, couple quick strokes and he was done, he had alot of experience and it looked clean.
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I bought a rotosplit tool when I had to do some MC work in my home. I paid $30 for the tool, and maybe one might think I was wasting my money for only a few cuts, but considering that I seem to have a propensity to injure myself in such operations, I decided that buying the tool was a wise investment. It has probably saved me a trip to the emergency room!

I work mostly with NMB, but our house has a lot of the old MC, and some 60's BX.

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