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Terminating Coax and Mini Component

post #1 of 9
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okay.. I ran a what feels like a million runs of coax and 5 wire packets of mini component. Time to start terminating.

Can anyone recommend a tool and/or type of connector to terminate either/box of these with?

In years past I used the regular crimp on coax connectors. I was wondering if this time around should I use something differnt.

Any I was wondering what tools/connectors should I use to terminate the mini component.

I use monoprice a lot but didnt see connectors there for mini-coax
post #2 of 9
I use the Paladin PA1555 to terminate F and RCA connectors. I haven't found a connector yet that it wouldn't handle.

I highly recommend adding the Cable Pro flaring and insertion tool.

https://www.tselectronic.com/icm/fit6.html
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Can anyone recommend a good place for the mini component connectors. I spent 30 minutes at monorpice site but don't see those connectors.

any other AVS recommended sites that have these connectors?
post #4 of 9
this is my F connector tool of choice.....you can find a similar tool at HD.

post #5 of 9
I had learning curve issues terminating my wires and wrote up a how-to for coax if any one needs it, here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post11226151
post #6 of 9
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When terminating mini coax do you need a special compression tool? It appears that the tool holds the wire and then jams the fitting on? If so would the smaller wire cause a problem?
post #7 of 9
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When terminating mini coax do you need a special compression tool? It appears that the tool holds the wire and then jams the fitting on? If so would the smaller wire cause a problem?

Uh, no, I'm not aware of any tool that does that. A linear compression fitting is put on the cable (depending on what type of cable and the gauge, requires different ends), then the tool compresses the end onto the cable to form a secure termination. It doesn't hold onto the cable and then jam the connector on at all.

A crimp fitting is different, and usually there's a center pin that gets crimped onto the center conductor, then the body of the fitting goes over that and then the rear part of the fitting is crimped around the outer jacket of the cable. The crimper for this is more like a pair of pliers than the linear compression tool in the photograph above.

Decide what kind of ends you want to use, and then get the tools to do it.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
ohh... I ordered a Omniseal from IDEAL but have not received it yet. It is similar to one pictured above.

So are you saying that the compression fitting doesnt compress the fitting onto the wire but instead just compressions it much mroe evenly then a crimper... I guess I need to wait until my tool comes.
post #9 of 9
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ohh... I ordered a Omniseal from IDEAL but have not received it yet. It is similar to one pictured above.

So are you saying that the compression fitting doesnt compress the fitting onto the wire but instead just compressions it much mroe evenly then a crimper... I guess I need to wait until my tool comes.

That's right. You push the cable and fitting together by hand and then the tool pushes a compression collar between the fitting and cable. That locks everything together.

I too though that the tool pushes the cable into the fitting initially. That's not how it works though. Just follow DCPilgrim's link for photos. The instruction that come with the tool just suck.
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