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Suggestions sought: Speaker wires

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4 hours ago, Stefan Wood said:

Lamp wire works well too.

 

Brilliant troll job! :lol:

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Thanks Kevin.  I'm going to study your post.

My question was about the tools.  Does anyone have a recommendation for good tools?

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I just use wire cutters and a knife. Super easy. Just hit up your local hardware store and pick up a set of wirecutters. If you don't have a sharp knife already, then also pick up a cheap pocket knife. 

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22 minutes ago, GA Russell said:

Thanks Kevin.  I'm going to study your post.

My question was about the tools.  Does anyone have a recommendation for good tools?

I've used something very like this from Parts Express. (Links to cheaper items at bottom of page; I'm at work so can't be specific.) I imagine hardware stores have similar items.

Edited by T.D.

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I've used a box cutter for years but I have a lot of experience with it so I haven't gotten cut in a while. I also use wire strippers. The type I use looks like this: https://www.parts-express.com/gb-gs-366-wire-stripper-crimper--360-630. I like this type because they double as a small bolt cutter.

No matter how you do it, it's important to do it in a way that you don't accidentally cut through any of the copper strands inside. So if you do buy a wire stripper, make sure to use the right sized cutting slot. You have 12 Gauge wire so use the slot labeled 12. The one labeled 14 may cut the outer jacket better or easier, but it's likely damaging the outer copper strands. These often break off inside your connector once you start moving or flexing the wire.

Also, always remember that copper is not something you want inside your skin. Copper slivers infect like crazy. If you happen to get a small piece of copper in your finger, dig it out with tweezers. You're better off with a hole in your finger that you can cover up with a bandaid than an infected sore from subcutaneous copper. :)

Edited by Kevin Bresnahan

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Kevin speaks the truth! Never had a problem with infection myself, but those small copper strands can be painful nonetheless. 

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GA, I just realized this thread is four and a half years old! 

Surely these speaker wires aren’t connected to your original request? 

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Scott, what a long, strange trip it's been!

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16 hours ago, GA Russell said:

Unless someone objects, I'm going to get one of these.

IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool Wire Stripper/Crimper/Cutter, 2078309 - $13.99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JNNWQ2/

Those will work fine.

Edit to add: I am not backing down from my statement above, but thinking on it more, I would prefer a tool with the stripping holes below the pivot point. Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005QVRB/ref=s9_acsd_simh_hd_bw_b2Jxm_c_x_1_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=1G1T4E7SS7EKM38TDJHK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=f6696391-cce8-5c19-a9f4-3720630a6927&pf_rd_i=553398

The reason for this is that I find that I sometimes need to spin the cutter a bit to completely cut through the outer jacket and I prefer the spin point to be near the middle - it makes it easier to spin as it's more balanced, Also, when you pull on the wire to slide off the outer jacker, you have to keep the jaws closed the whole time. I find this harder to do with the type of stripper you show above. With the holes near the middle, I can grab the tool and keep the jaws closed while pulling the whole tool. I can control the pulling force better that way too.

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14 hours ago, GA Russell said:

Scott, what a long, strange trip it's been!

You REALLY take your time! And I thought I was slow in making decisions about my audio upgrades! :) 

Edited by Scott Dolan

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