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I have to second what Brian said.

My everyday job is a simulator supervisor and I come across broken wires on numerous occassions

When using single strand wire cutting insulation with a knife or side cutters WILL nick the conductor and introduce a weak point. If the wire is then bent it will snap.

When using multistrand wire cutting the insulationwith a knife or side cutters WILL invariably cut thru one or two starnds. this will reduce the effective current capability of the cable.

Buy yourself a pair of wire strippers which come with preset wire gauge indents. This will ensure you only cut the insulation. When pushing wire through a base board and then bending the cable try to use a pair of round nose pliers to form a radius in the cable not a sharp bent which will induce another weak point.
 

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I have to second what Brian said.

My everyday job is a simulator supervisor and I come across broken wires on numerous occassions

When using single strand wire cutting insulation with a knife or side cutters WILL nick the conductor and introduce a weak point. If the wire is then bent it will snap.

When using multistrand wire cutting the insulationwith a knife or side cutters WILL invariably cut thru one or two starnds. this will reduce the effective current capability of the cable.

Buy yourself a pair of wire strippers which come with preset wire gauge indents. This will ensure you only cut the insulation. When pushing wire through a base board and then bending the cable try to use a pair of round nose pliers to form a radius in the cable not a sharp bent which will induce another weak point.
 
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