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 Aug 18 '16 at 23:01
  • Just read the insulation - it's typically marked every 2-3 feet with all the information you need. – Ecnerwal Aug 19 '16 at 20:27

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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