Making my own coax cables

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  1. DeltaOne

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    Yes, that's the one. The "head" swivels one way for RG11, one way for RG59/RG6.

    Took a little trial and error to adjust. But it was easy...if your first try doesn't compress the connector enough...make an adjustment and compress it again.

    The cable stripper is adjustable too. Also, I saw recommendations to NOT use the tool to pull the cut sections away. I found that putting the stripper on, giving it a slight "pinch" and then rotate in the direction of the arrow for five or six turns. Then remove the tool and then pull away the two "cut" sections.

    I found more than a few YouTube videos on both tools...since neither tool comes with much in the way of directions.

    If I was making connections every day I'd want something better, but these are fine for my occasional use.
     
  2. mulscully

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    Use the best RG-6 cable you can get. I usually use Quad Shielded RG6

    Lou
     
  3. wizwor

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    Do you agree that all three links are the same tool in a different kit?
     
  4. DeltaOne

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    Yes.
     
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  5. adessmith

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    I have one of these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-...sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=klien+rg6+compression+f

    and also one of these:
    DataShark 70014 Coax Cable Compression Crimper Tool F 769328112214 | eBay

    They both work equally well.
    Where I work we sell some of this kind of stuff, and I can tell you some manufacturers have different RG6/RG6Q/RG59 connectors, and some have a combo connector that will work on any of them.
     
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  7. aaronwt

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    Zero need for quad shielded cable with digital. At work they stopped using it many years ago since Commscope said it was not needed for Satellite and cable with digital signals.
     
  8. Bigg

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    Good to know! I've always wondered what the advantage of QS is.

    There is definitely some technique to stripping the cable. I push a bit back towards the cable, turn half a dozen or so times carefully, and then manually pull the various layers off, and that usually works fairly well.
     
  9. DigitalDawn

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    That's my favorite stripper. Also, love the adjustable radial stripper - perfect for Category and speaker wire jackets of all sizes.
     
  10. JACKASTOR

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    I doubt that very much.
     
  11. sfhub

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    Usually you can turn in one direction around 4-5 times, then turn the other direction once or twice, then just slide everything off.
     
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  12. mulscully

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    Understood, but I have re-purposed different cable runs a number of times, and I find its best to run the best wire you can to help future-proof things. Who knows what technology will run through that cable 10-20 years from now (if any).
     
  13. adessmith

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    I don't doubt it... We have a local provider (not comcast) that does the same thing. They use digicon connectors, and any connector they see that is not marked digicon gets cut off and the cable is re-terminated. We have some electricians who do new construction around here that bought all the nice compression tools and stuff and immediately stopped using them when they found out they were wasting the money. The first thing the local cable company does when they come in is re-terminate everything because most of their packages include maintenance for the cable inside the house. Now all the electricians will use is those terrible twist-on connectors... they don't even bother to make sure its a good connection. The builders won't allow them just leave everything unterminated, but as long as there is a connector on the cable they are good to go. twist-on is the cheapest and fastest thing available.
    I work at an electrical supply house, so I talk to these guys pretty frequently. Ironically, the owner of the company I work for is also on the board of directors at the phone/cable Co-Op.
     
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  14. wizwor

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    DirecTV installed a dish at my house Saturday. When the installed got to the premise wiring he told me he had to replace it and asked if that was OK. (It was.) That's just them ensuring a quality installation to avoid recalls and service calls. Replacing a connector is cheap when you are already holding it in your hand.
     
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