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Top online stores for wiring tools and parts? Any Tips?

I'm looking for some good resources for parts, testers, and general tools required for wiring CAT6, coax cable, IR over CAT6, Subwoofer over Coax Cable... Everything and everything in between. The connection ends required, the tools to do it, the devices I'll need to find the lines and sources since the rough-in installer left a mess.

What I'd really like if someone would put together a list of materials that I'll likely need for this DIY 7.2 home theatre, bar TV and in-ceiling, main living area 5.1 in-ceiling, all pre-wired to the media closet... Every TV location has 2-CAT6 and 1 Coax.


I just bough the Yamaha Aventage RX A2040, so I have decent WiFi abilities, it`s all a little daunting at this point, I feel like I`ll be lucky to have things setup by Xmas. Any words of wisdom, besides go hire that guy who doesn`t exist in the first place, haha.
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A fish wire
Cat termination tool
Cat ice blocks
Cat strain relief.
Punch down tool
Cat tester
Coax runs will likely get terminated by the cable Guy.
Wire snips
Wire strippers.
Labeling kit and Or tone / circuit testing kit.
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A fish wire
Cat termination tool
Cat ice blocks
Cat strain relief.
Punch down tool
Cat tester
Coax runs will likely get terminated by the cable Guy.
Wire snips
Wire strippers.
Labeling kit and Or tone / circuit testing kit.
Option 1: http://www.zorocanada.com/i/G0992695/?category=4422

Option 2: http://www.zorocanada.com/i/G3244683/?category=4422

Does this tool set give me everything I need, outside of the ends for the cables themselves?

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Looks it but at about a 300 premium.
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This is all great information. Thanks for taking the time... I've read a few things regarding HDBaseT technology and the importance of terminating the CAT6 cable. That some home A/V enthusiasts likely don't focus enough on the terminations of the cable itself. I've gone on to learn that the crimped ends can cause issue. So, is there a very specific way required to terminate the ends of a CAT6 cable? If so, are there other types of ends that suit a higher quality temination than the crimped method?

Another small item I'm trying to find and I'm having little luck is a IR end that I can wire to my extra cat6 or coax cable runs?
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And dont forget a case of beer!... When you get frusterated, take a break before breaking something. Best advise i can give
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