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How to Strip Copper Wire for Recycling

Posted - 01/20/2012



Stripping copper wires can help you remove the copper to take it to a recycling plant and turn it into other useful products. Knowing how to strip wires is a relatively simple process that can be done by almost anybody with a little bit of attention, care and patience. Start by putting on a pair of gloves and a pair of goggles for protection. Put a bucket underneath of the vice. Place one end of the wire in a vice and holding the other with your left hand if you are right handed and your right hand if you are left handed. Hold a wire stripper in your other hand.

Carefully pinch the end of the wire with your strippers. Start near the vice and pull down to begin stripping away the copper. Move down for a few inches and then stop. Place the stripped copper into the bucket at the bottom of the vice. Continue stripping the wire in this way until you have stripped away all the copper. Throw away the left over wire and place a new piece of copper wiring in the vice. Continue until you have successfully stripped all the wire you wanted to recycle.
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