About a year ago I had someone wired a few RG6 cables to all the rooms. Two
wires that were existing he did not replace - said those were RG6 already.
I recently decided to change all my interconnect coax to RG6 as well, I
bought a compression tool, a RG6 cable stripper and 50 compression
connectors (Stirling?). After a few tests I calibrated the stripper and
compression tool nicely and began work. For the most part I did not have
any problem using these connectors at all, until I got to the two "existing
RG6" that were not replaced.
After examining the connectors on these cables at the outlets, they were all
twisted and frayed so I decided to replace them.
The first one after I stripped the cable, the braid was not like standard
RG6, it's greasy and made it very difficult to fold back. What is that
grease? Is it used for as a water proof shield? Is it still a RG6 cable?
The cable jacket does not say but has this on it "E83032 F690BVV-APO
(UL)CATV 18 AWG" what does it mean is it RG6? After I fold it back putting
the connector on was easy.
The second one was difficult. It has a very thick braid that is sort of
interweaved. There is also no silver foil under the braid. I try to push
it into a compression connector, and it will not go in all the way no matter
how hard I tried. I tried to calibrate the blade for a deeper cut to cut
some of the braid, no difference. Then I put it into the compression tool
it was only able to compress half way and it won't go anymore. The lower
half of the compression sleeve "bulged" and no matter how hard I tried, it
con't close off completely.
Any idea what type of cables these are and whether I need special connector
for those? Seems my existing one are no good for this cable.