Had to call the cable company to install a new service drop to our
house after a major remodeling took the old one out. I asked them
just to do the outside wiring because I can do the inside no problem.
They left the end of the wire coiled up and unterminated, but now
alongside the RG6 the company also ran a much thinner wire, looks to
be stranded aluminum inside a black jacket. Now what would that wire
be for? I know how to terminate the RG6 but not the smaller one
because I don't know what it does, would it be for a ground? First
time seeing it like this. Called the cable company, no help there,
they'd only send a tech out and I won't be there.
Probably not Aluminum; more likely steel. It is used as a mechanical support
for the cable and should be terminated by being wrapped around an eye-hook
or similar (don't remove the "insulation" - it'll rust).
Look at the other end of the cable for additional clues.
Hmm. Mine is attached to the wire-rope that holds up the signal cable. That
is, a wire-rope, about 3/8" strings from pole to pole. The signal cable
hangs from the wire-rope. Every so often there's a splitter box and the
signal cable from the splitter box drops to my house. This signal cable's
"suspension strand" is attached to an eye-hook at my house and clamped to
the wire-rope at the pole end.
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