Is the wire gauge the same for solid and stranded wire? I need to check the wire gauge of some stranded wire. Can I use standard wire strippers to check the gauge of stranded wire?

  • There is a slight difference but strippers will get you there.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 23:01
  • Just read the insulation - it's typically marked every 2-3 feet with all the information you need.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 20:27

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I found the size difference is ~5% larger with stranded than solid depending on the strand count. The sizes are far enough apart that the strippers if in good shape are a great tool for measuring.

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