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Compression tool help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by JoeF, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. JoeF

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  2. dave29

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    what kind of cable did you buy. i dont think that those connectors will work with quad cable
     
  3. Johnnie5000

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    As long as the cable is stripped properly, the braid is twisted back on the cable and the connector is slid all the way on (white dielectric flush with inside of connector, you shouldn't have any problem. I've used comp. tools like that before, they're kind of a pain in the @ss to get the connector to compress down sometimes.

    This one would have probably worked better for the same price though:
    http://sadoun.com/Sat/Products/Paladin/70014-Datashark-Crimp-Tool.htm
     
  4. JoeF

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    The cable is off the shelf from Home Depot. It appears as if the tool isn't "grabbing" the cable, so when I squeeze the handle, a whole lot of nuthin' happens. I'll admit I haven't used a compression tool before, so it's possible that it's operator error (although I don't think so).
     
  5. Johnnie5000

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    Pictures?
    Can help more if I can see what you're doing.
     
  6. JoeF

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    Here's a few "action" shots:

    1. Stripped cable
    2. Cable with fitting positioned
    3. Fitting in compression tool.

    If I understand the tool correctly, the "jaws" on the left side in pic 3 should grab the cable and press the fitting into place. Those jaws are not grabbing the cable, because the cable diameter is smaller.
     

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  7. Johnnie5000

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    They're not really supposed to grab on, but they do hold it in place. Without seeing the business end of the connection, I'm thinking the connnector isn't being slid far enough down on the coax. Make sure the white part is completely flush with the inside of the connector.
    I'll post a pic of what it's supposed to look like in a bit.
     
  8. Johnnie5000

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    The size of these are complete overkill but hope they help
    1 2 3
     
  9. doctor j

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    Connectors seem TOOO small for the cable.
    If you have quad 6 cable and the connectors are just RG-6 : no way they will fit

    Doctor j
     
  10. houskamp

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    those tools don't grab the cable at all.. they are supposed to push that last ring into the connector..
     
  11. Johnnie5000

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    well, they keep the cable from popping out when you compress it
     
  12. houskamp

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    cable shouldn't move at all.. that ring just has to be pressed in to set the compression.. my tool doesn't even touch the cable.. if it pops out it's either on wrong or the wrong fitting size (would expect fitting too large for cable)
     
  13. Johnnie5000

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    I think we may be talking about different parts of the tool... I'm talking about the semi-circle that the bottom (cable-side) of the connector would touch. It essentially keeps the connector from going out the end of the tool when you press down.
     
  14. houskamp

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    Here is my tool and a finished end..
    all the tool does is push the blue sleeve into the end..
    the fitting sets on the mandrel and the silver part near the end presses against the blue on the fitting..
     

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  15. 66stang351

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    Not bad...a little more practice and you might be able to pass as a professional. :D
     
  16. Tiger62

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    How are you stripping the cable? There's no way the braid would extend that far back if it's stripped properly. It looks like you've not cut the braid at the point that the center dielectric is cut. Did you even use a stripper? Also, it looks like you haven't pushed the connector onto the cable before trying to crimp it. The center conductor should extend about a sixteenth of an inch beyond the end of the connector before you even attempt to crimp it. The compression tool doesn't grab the cable at all...it just pushes the two parts of the connector together.
     
  17. 66stang351

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    You shouldn't be peeling the wire braid back like that. Just strip the wire wire a coax stripper and the wire braid and foil should be cut at the same place as the dielectric.
     
  18. JoeF

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    Thanks for all the replies. Looks like I have a few "technique" issues to deal with. I'll play around with it some more tonight and see what happens.
     
  19. Lee L

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    The easiest way to strip the cable is to buy a stripping tool. I think Lowes and HD sell them for about $15. It will cut the outer sheath, braid and dielectric all at once. Then you slide the connector on without touching the braid beforehand and you are ready to compress.
     
  20. Tiger62

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    If you don't fold the braid back by hand before you slide the connector on, you're asking for trouble, IMO.
     

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