The worthless web sites for the borgs don't show it, but I know they all
carry low-end crimpers to go with the connectors they sell. They also
have expensive 'wanna be' pro-look crimpers, but the real pros get them
from the online jobbers they order their cable and connectors from (at
half the borg prices.)
It is a good tool to have, along with a few spare connectors and
couplers, and some cable. If a mouse chews through the feed just as
somebody's chick flick is starting on a Sunday evening, you'll be able
to fix it post-haste.
Do you know where the other end of that cable behind the blank cover
plate is? Is it connected to anything? Odd to prewire, and not finish
out the cable connectors.
Yes, it goes up into the attic near the splitter. It has a connector
on that end (but isn't in the splitter). The person that built the
house was an electrical engineer, and he left the unused phone and
cable locations unconnected. He probably knew that he could put on a
connector and jack anytime he needed to. I hooked up all of the phone
jacks but I've never done a cable jack.
Okay, understand now. Being an EE, hopefully he used RG-6q, rather than
the cheap stuff. Are there other non-connected jacks? If so, may want to
do them all and get them over with. If not for you, then for the next
owner. Do you have room in on the splitter, or will you need to get a
bigger one? It is best to not daisy-chain splitters. If your signal
levels are marginal, don't forget to put a terminator on any unused
At least your wire is accessible. I need to upgrade my house antenna
wiring, but mine is a major pain to get to.
RG-59 is the old residential standard, because it was cheap, thin, and
flexible. When Cable/Satt and HD came along, they needed better signal
quality, so they switched to the thicker RG-6. Current standard is
RG-6Q, for Quad Shield. If you are just on an antenna, the RG-59 should
be fine for now, and may work even if you get fancier TVs and signal
sources later, if it was carefully installed. At some point, if you have
problems, you may want to replace selected runs of the 59 with 6.
Hopefully, the EE didn't staple it to any studs, or run it around any
tight corners, so you can just attach the new cable to one end, and pull
it back through using the old cable as a pull cord. Premade RG-6Q cables
with good compression fittings are widely available in 25, 50, and 100
foot coils. Being lazy, if I ever get around to rewiring this place,
that is what I will probably use. A decent compression tool costs a lot
more than a crimper, and I hate to buy expensive tools for a 1-time job.
(Unless I can sweet-talk the satt guy at work into letting me borrow the
company tool kit for a weekend, or something...)
You need "F" connectors. It will say on the cable jacket if it's RG-59U, or
RG-6. If it was done in the last 20 years it should be 6. Also, every time
you split a cable, the signal becomes weaker. For that reason, when we wire
cable in new homes, it's typical to only connect the ones being used
Only this type of connector, with a separate ferrule (crimp ring), can
be secured with pliers.
With the ferrule over the cable end, slightly crush it, taking care
not to deform the connector or cable, and then pinch one of the
protruding sides. If you use a round crimping tool for this, there
will be 2 pinches, on opposite sides, but when using pliers it's
easier to just pinch one side. If you use pliers with a connector
having a built-in ferrule, even a short one, including the type
designed to break away, most likely the conector will be bent into a
saddle, and you won't be able to screw it tight. A hexagonal crimping
tool will not work very well with narrow (1/8") ferrules, only with
The more common F-connectors have a long built-in ferrule, like this:
It cannot be secured with pliers but only a hexagonal crimper. Get a
tool at least 1/4" wide, similar to the $20 Radio Shack model, not
their $10 one. The narrower tool will give poor hex crimps. Most
hex crimpers are made for 2 sizes of ferrules, and you need the larger
size for these connectors, the smaller size for the connectors having
Video and TV systems use 75 ohm cable, and RG59 and RG6 cables are 75
ohms. RG58 is 50 ohms and is wrong for TV. Also match the connectors
to the type of cable - use RG59 with RG59 cable, RG6 with RG6 cable
(there are also RG6QS double-shielded cables and connectors). RG58
connectors are slightly too large for RG59 cable.
Just for the record, I gather from the thread that you're actually
going to put on a coaxial cable plug (not a jack), and connnect that
to a female-to-female (jack-to-jack) connector that is mounted in the
wall plate. So the end of it in the room is a jack.
And to avoid confusion down the road, these are also called
And iirc I once tried pliers and it didnt' work well.
They also have screw-on F connectors, and for me they didnt' work too
well either, but maybe I didn't do something right.
OK, it is on. The twist type was easy to do. I'll have to wait
before I can test it. The package says the twist type is for antenna
only, use a crimp or solder type for cable. I'll see if it works well
That's interesting. It seems to me antenna signals are the weakest
signals such cables will carry, and if anything, they would need the
soldered connector because they are so weak.
But there are a lot of things I don't know.
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