?name of the tool that releases wire from outlet


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Old 06-18-04, 07:26 PM
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Question ?name of the tool that releases wire from outlet

man, what is the name of that tool that goes into that skinny little hole on the back of an outlet to release the wire? i'm tired of spending 5 minutes trying to release one wire!
 
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A scribe will work as well as the pointed end of your wire tester.
 
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Old 06-19-04, 05:47 AM
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I call it a screwdriver.
 
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Old 06-19-04, 07:07 AM
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I use a very small flat-bladed scewdriver.
 
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Old 06-19-04, 08:59 AM
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Lots of tools work. You can try an awl, nail, center punch, small screwdriver, compass, whatever is handy and fits and make sure the power is OFF.
 
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Old 06-19-04, 05:27 PM
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thanks

man i tried every sharp pointed thing in my garage and couldn't find something that would work easily. a really thin center punch is a good idea. awl and ice pick were too thick. all of my screwdrivers were either too wide or not long enough to release the wire. thanks for the ideas.
 
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Old 06-20-04, 02:10 AM
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Jewelers screwdrivers might work (those for eyeglass repair)?
 
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Old 06-20-04, 04:56 AM
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I forgot to mention heavy duty paper clip. I keep one of those with my spare trailer bulbs. Sometime trailer wiring can be a pain and you have to release the wires from the lights and reconnect to get a proper connection.
 
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Old 06-23-04, 07:36 AM
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I use a small screwdriver or an awl. I personally wouldn't wire devices this way, they are a hazard! Wrap the wire around the screw and tighten, much safer. Just my $.02 worth.
 
 

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