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post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2007, 11:10 AM - Thread Starter
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Seems this should be easy, but I am having the hardest time pushing crimp-style F connectors into the coax prior to crimping. I have two different boxes of F connectors. The instructions on one box say to trim off the braid. The other box says to fold it back. Not having success with either method. It feels like the outer sheath is so tight (or stiff) that there is just not any "give" to allow the connector to slip under the sheath.

I am using standard RG6 and the connectors are labelled for RG6.

Any advice is welcome.

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Fold the braid back and over - don't cut it off. Once you have the connector slid over the center foam insulator, lined up and ready to go under the braid and sheath, then put some muscle into it. In a motion similar to breaking a pencil in half (holding the cable and connector between each thumb/forefinger), work it back and forth. You can also put a little twist (rotation) into it. Once you get the hang of it, it should only take about 2 seconds, and just a few back-and-forth motions until the insulator is flush with the shoulder in the F-connector. You'll get the hang of it. Don't try to be delicate - it definitely takes some 'oomph'.

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I always recommend people to stay away from crimp connectors and instead use compression connectors. However, with that out of the way, one thing to check though is the type of shielding vs type of connector. For example, if you are using quad shielded RG6 and try to put on a connector designated for double shielded RG6 it will work....but it will be a huge pain in the ass. you want to double check that you are really using the right connector. Anyway you slice it though ecrabb is right, it will take some OOMF!

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post #4 of 12 Old 12-13-2007, 02:19 PM
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I had trouble with this using compression fittings. I asked for help, got some, and put a tutorial in my thread. The huge difference maker for me was cutting back the coax "just the right amount":

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post11226151
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can the F-Connector be installed without the specialized tool? In other words: are there types of F-Connectors that dont require the tool?

I do have the cable stripper...
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They make connectors that screw on; the connector screws onto the outside coating of the cable; I would not recommend these type of connectors; the compression type is better.
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thanks! i need it just for a temp solution, so it will probably do, thanks again and merry Christmas!
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The hardest part for me about this is folding the braid and shield back. My stripping tool luckily has a little "mountain" looking projection that helps this.

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Throw those CRIMPERS right in the dumpster -- like those wood block miter saw helpers the F-connector crimpers should go in the trash.

Like the cableman & phatno above go invest yourself in some good =compression= tools. They are available at HomeDepot, Lowes etc.

Here's the kind I have and the F-connectors are SOLID and PROFESSIONAL looking:

Coax/Cutter Stripper:
http://www.datasharktools.com/view_t...id=535&pid=263

Compression Tool:
http://www.datasharktools.com/view_t...id=589&pid=261

F-Connectors (compression):
http://www.datasharktools.com/view_tool.php?id=607

I hope this helps.
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Fancy seeing this thread revived. FWIW, I solved my original problem with a Paladin 1910 coax flaring tool

Worked great. Looks like this part has been discontinued but equivalent tools are available.

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That's fantastic! Thanks for the link.

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Fancy seeing this thread revived. FWIW, I solved my original problem with a Paladin 1910 coax flaring tool

Worked great. Looks like this part has been discontinued but equivalent tools are available.

Brent

+1 on using this tool...it is a must!

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