How to Strip Romex Cable Video

A Romex Cable Ripper is a Simple Tool that Quickly Strips Romex Cable

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of shows how to use a Romex cable ripper to strip Romex cable.

If you have a rough electric project in the works make sure to pick up a Romex cable ripper at your local home improvement center first. A Romex cable ripper is about the simplest and least expensive tool you can have in your tool box, but it is invaluable when roughing in electrical wiring. It also is a much safer alternative then trimming back Romex sheathing with a utility knife.

To strip back the plastic sheathing around the Romex cable simply slide the end of the cable through the throat end of the Romex cable ripper and out the back end of it to the desired length. Then, squeezing down on the throat end of the ripper with your finger and thumb, pull the cable with your other hand out towards the throat end of the ripper.

After you’ve pulled the Romex cable out of the cable ripper, inspect the end of the Romex cable. You’ll notice a clean cut along the wide side of the cable sheathing. Use your fingers to peel back the sheathing to expose the individual wires inside the Romex cable. Then trim the excess cable sheathing with a utility knife.

Gardner Bender CR-100 4-Inch Romex Cable Ripper

Once you’ve trimmed back the cut Romex sheathing you can then strip the individual wires to the desired length.

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