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Looking to repair cable line, severed cable

post #1 of 6
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I am living in a seperate unit off of a main home, and there had been a cable line run out to the unit in the past. The previous tenant decided to sever the cable outside, just where it comes up from underground.

I have an HDTV, HDcable box, and the will to fix this thing. My three issues are:

How do I check to make sure the cable is good enough for HIDEF? Written on the cable is "Radioshack TYPE RG/6(hard to read, I think this is what it says) SAT FOAM 18 AWG....."

How do I install a new fitting on the cut cable?

How do I deal with the cable being cut short?
post #2 of 6
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Oh, and I have a very long RG 59U cable I could replace it with, if really needs be.
post #3 of 6
Hard to tell what kind of bandwidth the cable is capable of without knowing the actual specs. Also to consider is the fact that the cut end has been exposed to the elements for who knows how long. Any kind of splice done to that particular line right now would be a temporary fix until a new cable could be run to the splitter. For termination, it might be worth looking into a cheap compression crimper and coax (usually an RG6) stripper. At the Home Depot here they sell Data Shark brand comm. tools. If you're going that route, the compression RG6 connectors they sell should be enough. I forget what brand those are, not the greatest but they work. If you're looking for the absolute cheapest, they should sell a twist on RG6 connector, for which you're still going to need a stripper. I think sometimes they sell the tools in a set. Look for something like that and you might be able to pick up a UTP stripper and RJ-11/RJ45 crimper as well for making phone and ethernet network cables. Both of these solutions also require a barrel connector and an appropriate length (hopefully pre-terminated) coaxial cable to get the signal the rest of the way into your unit.

The last, best, and biggest hassle solution is to run a new cable from the splitter and terminate it in the unit. The cable should be a direct burial rated RG6 (check code but should be between 18-24 inches deep) and you might want to add an amplifier before the splitter. Good luck & aloha.

btw, RG6 is the cable TYPE and doesn't tell you anything about the specs or construction...
post #4 of 6
Why not simply have the cable company come out and fix it?

It sounds like the old tenants did not have cable service, so they will probably want to come out to "install" the new service anyway. They usually have to do some work out at the pole regardless and therefore will probably already charge you for a installation fee. They should be responsible for getting the cable into your house, so they should fix this issue without any additional cost to you over what you are normally going to pay them for new service.
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by sic0048 View Post

Why not simply have the cable company come out and fix it?

It sounds like the old tenants did not have cable service, so they will probably want to come out to "install" the new service anyway. They usually have to do some work out at the pole regardless and therefore will probably already charge you for a installation fee. They should be responsible for getting the cable into your house, so they should fix this issue without any additional cost to you over what you are normally going to pay them for new service.

The old tenants were leeching off the main house, (landlord), and were related. I am not family, however I have been given the go-ahead. The cable company will not do this, because this unit (a converted garage) has its own power meter, and thus they want to consider it a new residence.
post #6 of 6
That particular Rat Shack cable is OK, not great, but OK.

Don't use the RG-59 cable. It's basically has-been cable for today's systems.

If you really want to replace the cable, get some name brand RG-6 and be done with it. I recommend Belden 7915A (and compression connections).

Alternately, you can get a compression fitting splicer and weatherproof splice cover to go over it if you can get the length figured out on the cable.

As far as the length goes, you will just have to do what ever it takes. Dig, replace the whole run, etc. - what ever - adapt and overcome.

You (and the landlord) are at your own risk because what you propose seems to be theft of service.
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