I would like to rewire my house with RG 6 cable. I have a 500' spool of
cable but I don't know the best way of putting connectors on the cable ends.
What kind of connectors should I use? I would like to keep costs down. Do I
need a crimping tool?
I have to attach about 20 connectors.
Can I get the connectors and tools at the HD or at Fry's?
The splices/terminations are the most important part of the run. I would
not even consider doing the work with out the proper tools/materials. You
might try Radio Shack for parts and tools as well.
Radio shack has the tools they arent expensive!
Coax stripping tool about 8 bucks, and the heavy steel jaw crimping
tool, 15 bucks.
DONT try using the twist on connectors! They fail over time!
Home depot has all this too, and connectors are cheap when bought by a
100 like 12 bucks.
radio shacks connectors are pricey and gold plated means nothing,
except gouging your wallet!
I've been using the twist on for years and have never had a failure.
Do you strip the coax with a dedicated tool and twist on the connector
I used to use the crimp-on exclusively until my electrician showed me
the little Greenlee coax stripper that makes the screw-on connectors a
snap. I liked it so much I took his and told him to tack it on to the
There are other similar stripping tools that are cheaper.
About six months ago our cable TV was showing ghosts and a
herringbone pattern on some of the channels. The cable guy came
over and replaced all of the jumper cables I had wiring the various
components together. I was quite skeptical because most I'd bought
commercially. ...shouldn't have been. The problems went away.
The cable company didn't charge[*] me either.
[*] more than the $160 or so monthly bill. :-(
While you are at it, add a 4 or 8 way video amplifier and use those outputs
instead of any splitters.
If you do install an F-fitting such that waves are reflected, the higher
signal to noise ratio in an amplified system will swamp the noise and keep
the picture clear. Having the amplifier makes everything else far less
In an unamplified system, after you split the signal 3-4 times, the signal
is close to the noise level making it hard for even sensitive tuners to
detect without interference. In such a system, even one bad F-fitting or
lossy splitter can inject/reflect so much noise that it will destroy
reception on some channels. In such cases, most people replace cables or
connecotrs or spliters and magically it works again but if they had an
amplifier, it never would have happened. A classic symptom is retrace
interference lines on only some channels.
RG-6 will improve signal losses for long lines in an unamplified system.
You may find the cheaper RG-49 cable to be acceptable with the amplifier.
Both cable types are just as susceptable to reflections due to poor
terminations but the RG-6 has a more durable dielectric, shield and core
which resists changes in impedance due to crushing and kinking.
A good crimping tool will deform the metal evenly to hold onto the outer
jacket of the cable and will not crush the inner dielectric core. Other
than that, even a cheap connector will do the job but may be harder to
install or keep attached without damaging the cable.
I noticed the cable guy cut all mine off and replaced with theirs. I think
it was a cover you ass action though since the picture quality never changed
(he was there to remove a filter so I could get cable internet)
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