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Old 04-01-2018, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Removing insulation on thin wire

Can anyone advise the best way of removing the very thin insulation on very small wires without breaking the wires. I need enough to be able to solder to supply. The wires in question are those supplied with lighting etc for layouts.
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Old 04-01-2018, 04:55 PM   #2
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If you are thinking of enamel copper wire , a match or lighter for a second or two will get rid off it , trim back the excess copper wire as required and solder a way with a decent flux.


If its PVC covered hold the soldering iron on the end of the wire, and the pvc will shrivel. Grip where to want to remove the PVC between thumbnail and 1st finger ( mind its not too hot) and pull. Solder away..
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:08 PM   #3
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I've been soldering some very thin wire (like hair!), and following advice from others on the forum, I found that by trapping the end of the wire on a piece of wood with the tip of the hot soldering iron, and gently pulling the wire, the insulation came off easily.
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Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:55 PM   #5
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I bought these two weeks ago really useful for me
Been doing a lot of decoder wiring and lights
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/...-pre-settable/
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:17 AM   #6
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I bought these two weeks ago really useful for me
Been doing a lot of decoder wiring and lights
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/...-pre-settable/
Interesting find Dave
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:40 PM   #7
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Tried BB's method today and it worked a treat. Thanks all for your help.
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Tried BB's method today and it worked a treat. Thanks all for your help.
David
In all fairness David, my method came from somebody on the forum. Glad it worked.
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Do remember to clean the tip of your soldering iron afterwards...
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I keep a cigarette lighter for stripping wire even though I dont smoke any more.
Works a treat.
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