You NEED a Wire StripperWhen stripping insulation from wiring, you might be tempted to use the cutting jaws on lineman\u2019s pliers, needle-nose pliers or even diagonal cutters. Don\u2019t do it! The sharp cutters on those jaws can create a score line around the copper wire, making a weak point where the wire can snap off. Spend a few extra\u00a0bucks and get a wire\u00a0stripper\u2014they cost\u00a0$10 to $25 at home\u00a0centers.Multipurpose\u00a0lineman\u2019s pliers\u00a0with built-in\u00a0strippers are\u00a0also available\u00a0for $20 to\u00a0$45. Just\u00a0match the\u00a0gauge of the\u00a0stripper jaws\u00a0with the\u00a0gauge of the\u00a0wire you\u2019re\u00a0stripping,\u00a0close the jaws\u00a0and strip away.With the right wire nut connectors and terminals, it’s fairly easy to make safe, strong electrical connections. Learn How to Make Safe Wire Connections.