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Making my own coax cables

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by DeltaOne, May 16, 2018 at 5:42 PM.

  1. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    I had a Comcast guy out last week for a small issue. The tech had really neat compression type F connectors. Now I want my own. So, I need three things: cable stripper, crimping tool and compression connectors. I've narrowed my selection down to the following items. If anyone knows of something different or better...I'd love to know.

    cable stripper: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B1NVUYE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A3TCXIBA125BM2&psc=1

    crimping tool: https://www.amazon.com/TENINYU-Crim...&sr=1-41&keywords=coaxial+cable+crimping+tool

    compression connectors: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8CISSU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1UA99C0LXWB8A&psc=1

    The compression connectors are for RG6. I'm pretty sure they would work fine for my RG59...if you think not...let me know.
     
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    I would get connectors to exactly match the cable size. I have accidentally tried a RG59 connector on RG6 cable, which did not work, never tried the opposite. They are cheap enough to get both.
     
  3. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't use the same connectors that Comcast uses, they will replace them when they see them. That's VERY annoying.

    The Tech's are pretty much required to replace fittings that aren't 'theirs'...

    -KP
     
  4. Bigg

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    If you can, run RG-6. RG-59 is sometimes tolerated, but never preferred in modern, high-frequency, high-bandwidth systems. Those tools look fine otherwise, I have similar stuff, mostly from Monoprice I think. I would think you could put those connectors on RG-59, but I don't think I've ever tried it, as I've gone to 100% RG-6. No more RG-59 for me.
     
  5. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

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    They've got RG-59 specific connectors, if you have RG-59 runs that you absolutely can't replace with RG-6, spend the $11 and get the right connectors.
     
  6. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    The Comcast tech replaced my 2 two-way splitters with one three-way splitter. I thought he had replaced all four connectors but discovered yesterday he only replaced 3 of the 4. Maybe he thought the one was good enough? Anyway...I'll probably replace it when I get my own equipment.
     
  7. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    Will do. My searches on Amazon weren't turning up compression connectors for RG59...I'll go back and look again.

    I think the reason you found that RG59 connectors won't work on RG6 is that the insulation around the center conductor is thicker on RG6.
     
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  8. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    Will do.
     
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    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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  12. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    I changed my order...to the crimper with the blue handle. The crimper, cable stripper and f-connector compression fittings should be delivered tomorrow (Saturday). New toys...I'm excited.
     
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  13. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    You guys make me feel like I need to replace my old school crimping tool. :)

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    Bought this probably 20+ years ago after having used it when I worked as a cable installer over summers 35-36 years ago.

    And our cable stripper back then was one of these.... :)

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    Actually I haven't made any coax cables in years so probably should just ignore the need for new toys.

    Scott
     
  14. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the higher frequencies of MoCA pretty much dictate that those crimps don't get used.

    Plus, Comcast Techs are taught to put a wrench on the fittings to ensure they're good and tight.

    -KP
     
  15. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    I've got a crimping tool similar to that...but the new f-connectors are crimped long-ways.

    My new f-connectors have been delivered so far today...the coax stripper and crimper should come later today.
     

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