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Old 08-09-04, 05:37 PM
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Any tips or tricks for slitting and separating out the conductors of an 8-3 w/ ground UF cable? I'm afraid of cutting the individual conductor insulation by, say, pulling a hook knife the length of the cable.

It's a small subpanel for my shed and I need to make up the connections at the main panel and the new subpanel.

Old 08-09-04, 09:29 PM
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I usually take a knife and split the wires apart for about an inch (outside cover and all) then take pliers and pull 'em apart(again, outside cover and all). Once apart, do that again, split the covering remaining on each conductor for about an inch with a knife, then "run the split down" however you can, it's time consuming but no nicks on the conductors, and as for the inch you used the knife on, you're going to strip all or most of that anyway.

That UF is a pain in the....well anyway , but it's what you need in your case(as you know).

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