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How to Install Coax Cable Connector - Fittings


Installing coax cable end fittings is not very difficult. It may take a little practice but it is a simple process once you get the hang of it. I suggest that when purchasing coax cable end connectors buy a few extra. Once you crimp or compress a coax cable end it can't be used again.


Coax cable tools

Available Tool Kits

Coax Cable crimp tool kit. Includes crimp tool, cutters and one step wire strippers
Crimping Tool Kit
1) Crimp tool  1) One step wire strippers 
1) Cable cutter  10) Crimp fittings

Crimp Tool Kit

Coax cable compression tool kit.
Compression Tool Kit
1) Compression tool  1) One step wire strippers 
1) Cable cutter  10 Compression fittings


Waterproofing filler for all outdoor coax cable connections.
Coax cable waterproofing filler
Seals, protects and prevents corrosion
of all outdoor cable connections.


Basic Tools

Top Left: A crimp tool is used with crimp type fittings.     coax cable crimp fitting

Top Right: A compression tool is used with compression fittings. coax cable compression fitting

 

Bottom Left: A quality set of wire cutters is a must when cutting cable. It's important that the cable isn't crushed out of shape and the cut is clean.

 

Bottom Right: Wire strippers make the job of preparing the cable much easier.


Step #1

Adjust the wire strippers so the first cut is
down to the center copper wire. Adjust the second cut so it cuts through the rubber
jacket only but not through the wire braiding just below the rubber jacket. This may take several attempts to get the tool adjusted just right.

Adjust coax cable strippers

Step #2

With the stripper properly adjusted insert the cable into the strippers so the end of the cable is flush with the edge of the stripper. Spin the stripper around the cable until it turns freely. Pull the stripper away from the cable while lightly squeezing the jaws of the stripper onto the cable. You should now have a cable ready to install a connector.

coax cable stripping tool

At right is a properly prepared coax cable 
Be sure to fold the wire braid back
over the rubber jacket as shown

properly prepared coax cable

 

 

 


Crimp Fitting

 

 

Step #3

Slide the proper coax cable connector
onto the cable. This sometimes requires a pair of pliers to grip the connector if the fitting is stubborn is does not want to
slide on easily.

 

 

 


Compression Fitting

coax cable crimp fitting
coax cable compression fitting

 

 

This is how a crimp connector should look when you're ready to
crimp the connector. →

 

 

The white insulation surrounding the center copper wire should
come flush with the hole in the inside center of the connector.

 

This is how a compression fitting should look when you're ready to compress the connector →

Coax Cable crimp fitting
coax cable compression fitting

 

 

Crimp Fitting

With the coax cable connector properly fitted to the cable insert it into the crimp tool as shown at right.
When the connector is properly in place squeeze the handle to crimp the connector onto the cable. The first slot of the tool is for RG 59 cable and the second slot
(as shown) is for RG 6 coax cable.

coax cable crimp tool

 

 

 

 

 Compression Fitting

With the compression connector properly fitted to the
cable insert the fitting into the compression tool copper
wire first as shown at right. When the connector is in place squeeze the handle to compress the connector onto the cable. Use the "F" adapter when crimping coax cable for TV.

coax cable compression tool

Buy pre-made RG 6 solid copper coax cable.
Pre-made lengths from 2.5 to 150 feet with compression fitting attached.


Coax Cable crimp tool kit. Includes crimp tool, cutters and one step wire strippers
Crimping Tool Kit
1) Crimp tool 1) One step wire strippers
1) Cable cutter 10) Crimp fittings

Available Tool Kits

Crimp Tool Kit

Coax cable compression tool kit.
Compression Tool Kit
1) Compression tool 1) One step wire strippers
1) Cable cutter 10) Compression fittings