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How to Cut Wire - 4/0 to 22 AWG



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everybody it's Nate from exploring sad

life I teach people how to build DIY

campers in this video is the first video

of a new playlist covering the very

basics how to wire your camper I'm

talking 101 level skills that you'll

need to tackle DIY electrical projects

in your camper in this video I'm going

to teach you how to cut wire now cutting

wires a pretty simple task as long as

you have the right tools for the job and

since there's a really good chance that

in your electrical project you'll have

to cut wires from as small as 22 gauge

wire all the way up to huge Faurot wire

I'm going to talk you through my choices

for tools that will allow for maximum

wire cutting effectiveness and minimum

cussing now before we get started I put

together a list of tools that we'll be

talking about today in the description

below so if you need more info and these

that's where to look let's get started

they're cut small wire my tool of choice

is a pair of dikes now when I was

writing the script for this video I

wanted to make sure that wasn't being

unnecessarily offensive by using a word

that could be considered derogatory so I

looked into why these are called dikes

the official name for this type of tool

is actually diagonal cutters diagonal

cutters is like five syllables long so

it got shortened down to dikes dikes

still didn't roll off the tongue quite

like it should and if you say it fast

enough DAGs just sounds like dykes so

here we are but I digress I have two

sets of dikes a 4-inch set and an 8-inch

set the four inch set spring-loaded

making for nice handling it cost about

13 bucks and is fantastic for wires in

the 14 to 22 gauge realm but can cut to

engage without too much issue any bigger

than that and I'm reaching for my 8-inch

dikes 8 inch dikes run about $13 to $22

depending on which brand you like and

they have more leverage to cut bigger

wire which is great for cutting wire up

to 6 gauge wire or 10 gauge multi

conductor wire but on this I do usually

need to make two snips to make it all

the way through I consider my 8-inch

dikes an absolute staple in my toolbox

as it does seem to cut the largest range

of wire sizes the best

now if the wire gets much bigger than a

six cage dikes just don't have enough

leverage so for bigger wire I'm usually

reaching for these nine inch cable

cutters these make really easy work of

cutting wire as small as 10 gauge and

are capable of cutting 2 OTT strain and

copper wire these also do a good job of

making it through the 6 gauge 3

conductor wire that I like to install

between the victor on multi plus

inverter charger and the camper breaker

box the last tool on my list is this big

monstrosity these are 16 inch

cable cutters these are key for cutting

the Faurot wire required for camper

electrical systems including 3000 watt

inverter 'z now that'll cut through four

OTT like butter and I'll generally also

use these for two odd because just how

much leverage I can get on them now

these are pretty pricey at nearly $60

but when building a 600 amp our system

with a 3000 watt inverter it takes about

30 cuts to complete the project

so it is what it is now which one's

these are absolutely necessary of the

tools shown today if I could only pick

two wire cutting tools for my next

project it would largely depend on what

size of wire I was going to be cutting

if I needed to cut four watt wire I

would be choosing these 16 inch cable

cutters and the 8 inch dikes and if the

biggest wire I needed to cut was too hot

I would be choosing the 9 inch cable

cutters and the 8 inch dikes but getting

all 4 would allow you the most

flexibility for all wire sizes that

you're gonna possibly encounter it in

your DIY camper electrical project and

give you the right tool for the job now

there are tons of other tools out there

that can cut wire needlenose pliers and

cutters wire strippers tin snips band

saws angle grinders are all capable of

cutting wires and if I skipped over your

favorite method of cutting wires sorry

no offense just my preferences here now

that pretty much sums up this video but

be sure to check out the next video in

the playlist because that video is going

to cover how to strip wires from 22

gauge all the way up to 4 OTT now if

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