My daughter has picked up welding as her career of choice. For a parent like me who has always loved doing things with own hands, there is no better result than this. However, I have had to answer a barrage of questions every now and then about how to use some of the tools. This time around, she has bought a wire cutter and she does not know how to use it, so I guess I will be helping her with a demonstration. But before that, I will share with you the tips on how to use a wire cutter.
When you buy a wire cutter, you will find that it looks like a pair of pliers, but it is not exactly the same. While you can cut wires using a pair of pliers, the wire cutter does it much better. However, you will only be able to cut the wires faster and do a clean job if you learn how to use the wire cutter.
Here is how to use a wire cutter:
Know how it works
If you do not know how a wire cutter works, then you cannot know how to use it. Of course, we all know that it cuts wires. But how? In a very simple way. You have your wire on the one hand and on the other hand, the pair of wire cutters. So you pull the cutters open, same way you would a pair of scissors, insert the wire between them and then pull the levers together. You will find that the force that you need to cut a wire will depend on the thickness of the wire.
Types of wire cutters
There are different types of wire cutters. Indeed, the type of cut that you get depends on the type of wire cutter that you use. With some cutters, you can get a flat cut, while some will give you pointed cut. So do not worry too much if you see a pointed cut. Just know that you have the type of cutter that makes pointed cuts. Beveled-edge cutters give a pointed cut and they are best used when you want to cut spikes from the wire.
We have the semi-flush cutters that give an almost flat cut. You will find these cutters a useful tool for applying great force. They may require more effort as they have to cut more bluntly than the beveled-edge cutters.
Finally, we have the flush cutters. You can guess from their name that they cut flushly, giving you straight cuts all through.
Avoid pinching your fingers
Wire cutters may require you to apply more force. However, one disadvantage of this is that as the handles come together, you could pinch your fingers. To prevent this, you should look for wire cutters with a bigger grip span, say, about 3.5 inches. Even when you press them to the end, there will still be enough room for your fingers.
Never cut wires when they are plugged in. Also, when cutting, ensure the wire cutter is straight so that you can make a 90-degree cut. Such is important for avoiding the formation of frays, which are dangerous and hamper the conductivity of the wire.