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post #1 of 3 Old 06-02-2013, 08:25 AM - Thread Starter
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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, because I carry one every day it has to be rugged, simple, easy, and small. Then get a bag of these connectors
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What I use, and I'm a pro.

For RG6:
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.

For RJ45&11:

For cutting cables:

My favorite strippers:

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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