RG6 Crimping help needed!

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Stoystown, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000


    You seem a little more worked up over it than I ever did. Believe me, screw-on connectors are the very last thing I'd ever spend time thinking about, except when someone makes claims they should be on anyone's list of connectors-of-choice.

    You *could* strip coax cable and directly insert it in the mating connector, then wrap the shield braid around the outside of the connector, and use a rubber band to hold it in place. That'll work too. But it's also something I don't recommend.
  2. Stanley Rohner

    Stanley Rohner New Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Yeah, Whatever you say....

    That comment about using a rubber band sure has me convinced you aren't worked about this.

  3. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

    Feb 3, 2004
    Pretty funny to respond to a thread that was closed 2 days ago with another rant.

    And I agree with swallow

    Screw on Connecters do suck. LOL!
  4. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

    Feb 3, 2004
    LOL --- happy happy joy joy!
  5. Stanley Rohner

    Stanley Rohner New Member

    Jan 18, 2004


    What's that last message all about?

    I guess dirtypacman must be off the medication again.
  6. drod47lax

    drod47lax New Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    I am having problem with my connections. I have this this so rigged, I'm using exisiting cables with couplers two and three way splitters and screw on rg6 connectors. I get a good signal on one of the tv's (which is a much higher quality tv) but the rest are really fuzzy... I've checked every connection over and over again with no results. Is there a certain way to use the screw ons other than the obvious normal way???? I would appreciate any suggestions possible.... PLEASE HELP! my renters are getting upset :confused:
  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    Well, the certain way is to not use screw-on connectors. But I would also worry about the splitters. Three-way splitters have two outputs at lower levels than the third. You may need a signal amplifier.

    It's not clear to me what type of signal you're distributing - is this cable or antenna?
  8. rawbi01

    rawbi01 Go Bucks!

    Oct 12, 2005
    Northeast Ohio
    I've tried all of the connectors .. I finally bit the bullet and bought the tools for compresion fittings. It takes 2 seconds to make a end and they are water tight.
  9. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

    Dec 15, 2001
    As most people that do a lot of cable work (or have in the past) know placing the ends on the cable is a much an art as it is a skill.

    Every standard connector can be installed to work great or can be installed to fail.

    There are some that are harder to screw up than others but there are none that are fool proof and none that are inherently bad.

    The screw on connectors are one of the ones that it is VERY easy to install wrong as they are quite unforgiving of size mismatches or improper stripping but there are quite reliable if all the criteria for the install are met.

    The easiest to get right are the snap and seal and the standard crimp type are in between.

    I use standard crimp on as it is what I am most comfortable with and I have over 30 years practice.

    The trick to ALL connectors is correct stripping and using the correct tools.

    That being said you can get by with less than the perfect tool if you add extra care to the mix. ie. You can crimp with pliers BUT you must crimp mult times and move the compression point around the connector as you gradually get the compression right. But, with the right tool all you need is one good squeeze.

    The final thing is that there are no right/wrong connectors just varrying degrees of skill/care/time needed to get the connector installed correctly.

    Oh: any connector that does not contain sealant and will be exposed at all to the elements needs to be sealed using a non-conductive sealant after crimping.
  10. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    It's interesting that this thread has resurfaced. I did all of my own crimp connections using cheap connectors and a low end hex crimper. I had very few failures, but I never liked the look of the finished product. Last week I bought a A/V cabinet to hold my DVRs and AV Receiver and DVD recorder. I also got rid of diplexers for the OTA antenna. Well I had to run two more RG-6 lines, so I decided to redo all connectors. I bought a $20 compression tool and a box of 50 connectors for the job. I already had the stripping tool for the cable. These went on so quickly compared to crimping them. Well 40 changes later, I have just about all brand new connections. :)

    Bottom line, use compression fittings. They won't fall off. :D

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