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Now that all the wire is pulled and the drywall nearly done I've got a ton of RG6, CAT5 and CAT6 wiring to terminate.

What're the current favorite tools and plugs?

I've got a ratcheting RJ-45 crimper. But I don't have anything for F-type coax. I have a 110/66 block punch tool.

I've also got a couple of 5 conductor mini-coax cables (component video & stereo audio). I'm assuming they're going to need different ends (BNC) but might there be a common tool to attach them and F-types?

I'm probably going to use keystone wall plates, and those will likely support 110-style punchdowns for the CAT5/6 wiring. I'm assuming the coax lines usually just have a female-female barrel through the keystone? So I'd be putting a male on both the end in the Leviton cans in the wiring closet and behind the wall plates out in the rooms, correct?
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don't know anything about mini-coax. Everything else is right. You punch down the cat cable into the keystone jack, just match up the colors (use B instead of A). For coax you should get linear compression fittings, never ever use twist ons.

This is the best crimping tool I've found http://amzn.com/B001TPS5V6, because I carry one every day it has to be rugged, simple, easy, and small. Then get a bag of these connectors http://amzn.com/B00AT41MIG
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What I use, and I'm a pro.

For RG6:
http://www.specialized.net/Specialized/Cable-Prep-HCPT6590-Combo-RG659-Insertion-Tool-and-Stripper-5845.aspx
I use special connectors for dual RG6 and quad RG6 I get from a supplier. better than using a universal connector that doesn't really work for either cables.

I also use one of these if I am doing a lot of connectors. Keeps my fingers from turning into mush. http://www.amazon.com/Holland-Electronics-Connector-Guide-Flaring/dp/B005F0QQLW/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1370246682&sr=1-2

For RJ45&11:
http://www.specialized.net/Specialized/Paladin-Tools-PA1557-AllInOne-Crimper--Strip-Tool-TEAMP-1918.aspx#
http://www.specialized.net/Specialized/Fluke-Networks-10061810-D914S-SoftTouch-EverSharp-Tool-66110-7171.aspx

For cutting cables:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_316337-273-PS5429C_4294778737__?productId=3099881&Ntt=Crescent&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3DCrescent&facetInfo=

My favorite strippers:
http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/wire-stripperswire-cutters/wire-stripper-cutter-solid-and-stranded-wire

You can get RCA, F-type, BNC for mini-coax cables but they are getting scarce as the cable isn't really used anymore. You also want a specialized stripper as they are delicate cables.


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