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Old 05-09-05, 11:33 AM
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Question cutting BX

This seems like it should be so simple, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to cut BX without really butchering it. On top of that, how do you remove the tubing without cutting the conductors at the same spot? Surely there is a way to leave some wire hanging out each end for connection purposes... Would someone please enlighten? Thanks!

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Old 05-09-05, 12:59 PM
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hi
cut it with a hacksaw at 45 degree.
just cut the first top row and unscrew it
 
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Old 05-09-05, 04:12 PM
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pg advice is exactly how i seen my electrician do it..when i do bx wiring on my own i bought a bx cutter in home depot.its called roto something,and a do it yourself homeowner working with bx it is great...it cost about 20.00 and is well worth and easy to use and you really dont have to worry about damaging the conductors....but if you can get used to a hack saw cutting go that route....hack saw must be easier i guess if you are doing it all day long,i cant understand why electrician in my area dont use it,but again hack saw must be easier when you know what your doing...
 
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Old 05-09-05, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by lovmy4x4
but again hack saw must be easier when you know what your doing...
Ummmmm, NO.
I can't believe an electrician is still using a hack saw. He must be old school. Does he also use a jack knife to strip #12?
If you have to make more than a few cuts a Roto-Split is the only way to go.
 
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Old 05-09-05, 05:24 PM
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i agree with you speedy....roto-split is the way to go....but my electrician is liscenced in new york new jersy and long island,and does the work himself,and in my case he did a lot of rewiring and could have cut a lot of corners cause we didnt have any inspections,and from what i learned from you guys he did everything by code....but he does use a hack saw....lol...next time i use him for something instead of a tip ill buy him a roto-split
 
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Old 05-09-05, 05:24 PM
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I just happen to be instant messaging my son who is a salesman for a major electrical supplier and neither of us have heard of a Roto-Split.
Must have been in the bush too long.

I don't know what could be easier that bending the bx over to open the coil, giving it a slight twist to expose the loop, snipping the loop and then another snip to trim the edge.
I havn't nicked a wire yet.
 
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Old 05-09-05, 06:15 PM
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<img src="http://www.seatekco.com/images/rs-101a-1c.jpg">
Seatek makes a lot of innovative electrical tools. I can't believe a major supplier has never heard of them. They have been around almost as long as the hack saw itself.
 
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Old 05-09-05, 09:56 PM
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Ya, we've had hack saws for a couple of years now so maybe the Roto-Split will be along shortly!

Honestly though, I've been on a lot of job sites, mostly commercial though and have never seen this tool used.
My son is new to the sales game so I'll get him to look into it and see if it's something even used "up here".
 
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