Sharpen Hand Tools for Longer Life
Tech Tips, Sep 2009
How many times have you gone to use the wire stripper and it wouldn't strip? Because a wire stripper must bite into the insulation before it is pulled away, the edge on it must be clean and sharp. Sharpening a hand tool requires special equipment, and usually it is easier to buy a new one. But if you're in the middle of a project or it's late at night, buying a new one may not be the instant solution.
With the use of a fine needle file more life can be coaxed out of an old stripper. First, open the jaws of the stripper and secure it in a vise. Then run the needle file in a diagonal direction across the slanted edge of the stripper, making sure the file is flat against the slant all the way. After several passes on both jaws, you should see the slant become shiny. The top edge of the jaws will now be quite sharp, and much more useful than before. This method can also be used to resurrect diagonal cutters and scissors.
Landry is an audio maintenance engineer at CBS Radio/Westwood One, New York.
Ideas submitted to Tech Tips may be suitable to earn SBE recertification credits.
Do you have a tech tip? Send it to us at radio@RadioMagOnline.com
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Today in Radio History
The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.
EAS Information More on EAS
The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.
Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.
Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.
A cutting-edge radio and TV broadcast media center brings hope and entertainment to a sixth pediatric hospital.
Browse Back Issues[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Also in the December Issue
- IP Audio Begins Interoperability Journey
- New Tower Construction Update Mainly for the Birds
- The FCC has been busy since the government shutdown in October 2013.
- Applied Technology: HD Voice
- Field Report: iZotope RX3 Advanced
- Side by Side: Portable Recorders
- New Life for Legacy Equipment
- Do You Remember? Gifts of Holidays Past