Steel wire that contains a hot-dipped zinc coating is called galvanized steel wire. The galvanization process makes steel wire more resistant to rusting and can prolong the life of the wire. Interestingly, a galvanized steel wire can be cut as easily as an untreated steel wire. When working with galvanized wire that is thicker than 18 AWG, you may choose to cut this wire with wire-cutting diagonal shears; you can cut smaller-diameter wires (18 AWG or thinner) by using either diagonal shears or the cutting edge of a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Open the jaws of the diagonal shears or needle-nose pliers. Use the measuring tape to measure out the desired wire length. Use the permanent marker or felt-tip pen to mark the wire where you intend to make the cut.
Place the marked part of the wire into the open jaws of the diagonal shears, or on to the cutting edge of the needle-nose pliers.
Squeeze the handles of the diagonal shears or needle-nose pliers firmly until the wire has been cut through.
Tips & Warnings
- Diagonal shears are available in different sizes. Larger diagonal shears are used to cut thicker steel wires and cables, whereas smaller shears are intended for cutting thinner wires.
Things You'll Need:
- Galvanized steel wire
- Measuring tape
- Permanent marker or felt-tip pen
- Diagonal shears (for any wire thickness)
- Needle-nose pliers (for wire 18 AWG or thinner)
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