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    Wire ties and bloody arms

    Not quite sure where to post this. Maybe gear grinders as it ground my gears.

    The other day whilst installing the snow blower, I kept scratching and cutting myself on the jagged ends of the wire ties, aka tie wraps, aka zip ties, used to bundle the hydraulic hoses. Whoever put those on, probably the dealer that installed it, left about 1/16" to 3/16" sticking out when cutting them off. Enough of that. I borrowed SWMBO's flush cutting pliers and fixed this.

    And since Murphy is alive and well, those jagged ends will stick out so that they will cause the most possible damage.

    I usually use Klein 1003 strippers to cut wire tie ends. I think I'm going to get my own flush cutters to use from now on.

    Remember, cut those ends off flush. The blood you save may be your own, or at least that of someone you like.
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    Whenever I grab some cable ties I grab the side cutters also.

    Because of either my malady or the associated medication my skin seems really thin anymore - and I will bleed and bleed. Donít need any unnecessary sharp ends like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Whenever I grab some cable ties I grab the side cutters also.

    Because of either my malady or the associated medication my skin seems really thin anymore - and I will bleed and bleed. Donít need any unnecessary sharp ends like that!

    Itís a natural aging process Stan, no offense. It could be exacerbated by medical conditions or medications but itís medical fact that skin looses elasticity and gets thinner as we age.
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    I did electrical work all my life and the only way I found to completely get them close enough to the tab to not cut you is to bend the long piece slightly as you cut it off even with a sharp knife. Cut across from one edge to the other. Bending the the ty-wrap slightly makes it easier to cut.
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    I was taught many years ago to use lineman pliers, get the 'nose' of the pliers as close as possible and twist off the end of the tywrap. It's been one of my pet peeves. It's amazing how painful those cuts can be. Click image for larger version.†

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    I have been "bit" many times by those sharp nubs left by others. None of my side cutters will get close enough. I use a pair of Xcelite 170M close-cutting side nippers that I also use for electronics work. They are very sharp and very precise.

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    The key is to twist the end off, then it will not end up sharp. It's an old Electricians trick. Twist it with Kleins (or regular pliers), until it breaks off, don't cut it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    The key is to twist the end off, then it will not end up sharp. It's an old Electricians trick. Twist it with Kleins (or regular pliers), until it breaks off, don't cut it off.
    I never tried that. It sounds like a slow process though. It might work when dealing with just a few wire ties but when you are using a lot of ties on long cable bundles cutting is much faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I never tried that. It sounds like a slow process though. It might work when dealing with just a few wire ties but when you are using a lot of ties on long cable bundles cutting is much faster.
    Not really if you use the lineman's. I've seen some try using needle nose pliers and that doesn't work as well. But with lineman it really only takes a quick twist of the wrist if you make sure to snub the nose up close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I never tried that. It sounds like a slow process though. It might work when dealing with just a few wire ties but when you are using a lot of ties on long cable bundles cutting is much faster.
    You're right, it is slightly slower. But this is one of those things where the next guy that sticks his arms/hands in there, and gets all sliced up, is gonna be [email protected]'n you. It's a courtesy thing when there are others involved, like in a construction environment. And to the guy doing things at home, he'll be much happier too, when he runs his arm across a smooth edge.
    Sometimes you gotta think about the next guy.


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