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Crimping tool help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by 420benz, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. BattleZone

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    Those are the ones, yes. Some vendors use the dash and others omit it, but mainly you are looking for the XL version, and not the plain EX6. Oh, and just FYI, you'll probably find backs for half that price on eBay.





    That's the one! :)
     
  2. BattleZone

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    That's good info. Along the similar lines, there are some very similar looking, inexpensive copies of that tool that will overcompress fittings, often destroying them in the process. Those tools can be used if you pay attention while compressing the connector, but unless you are only doing a handful of connectors, it's better to replace it with one that is properly indexed for a 21mm compression connector.
     
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    I'll let you know how I like the tool, once it gets here. Solidsignal has it on back order for a week or so, but I'm not in any hurry. Thanks so much for the tip!
     
  5. hasan

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    I got the cable, compression tool and connectors today and tried it out on a piece of RG6 that was laying around (not Quad). No instructions were included, so I messed around with it a bit.

    What I found was that when I used the same dimensions for preparing the cable that I had used on my other tool, the center conductor and and dielectric didn't stick out far enough. The dielectric did not come up flush with the hole, and, of course, the center conductor didn't protrude enough.

    Here are the dimensions I used:

    1/4 inch center conductor exposed.

    1/4 inch dielectric exposed

    1/4 braid trim.

    When that didn't work, I ended up using a total starting length of 1", instead of 3/4 inch, and that worked better, but might be a bit too long overall. Maybe I did a lousy job of measuring the first try and should have stuck with the 1/4" for everything that I use for the other tool.

    Because there are "jaws" that looked like they held the cable jacket in place, I kept looking for a way to insert the cable through the V jaws....that seems to be a non-required step. The next cable I did, I just pushed the cable though the hole formed by the "cable jaws" and that appeared to work, although it was a tighter fit than I expected.

    Nevertheless, once I get the cable prep lengths right, I think this will be a very nice tool.
     
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