Tricks/Tools for compression fittings

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by CJTE, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. joe diamond

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    I always wondered the source for "Directv approved". Who said it and when?

    No fitting will work if not compressed correctly & I notice that while fixing HSP jobs the correct "approved" fitting was installed but not compressed.

    Go figure,

    Joe
     
  2. BattleZone

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    About 2 years ago, DirecTV sent out a Blast Facts to all HSPs that the PPC EX6-XL was being standardized as the only approved connector for DirecTV systems. Since then, this has been enforced by the QC process.
     
  3. joe diamond

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    Thanks,
    I thought it might be something like that. My most recent encounter with an HSP subcontractor had nothing about that in his contract. After I started working there was a memo on the office wall...about connecting phones. Then there was an "oh, by the way,,,you cant use those O ring & gel F fittings". There were others.

    I wonder if the HSP dudes that check the jobs also compress the fittings for the recent hires? I have seen some evidence they are removing "F" fittings out there in "the Directv system"...much of which was the former CATV system.

    Thanks,

    Joe
     
  4. Floyd

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    This whole thread has been like someone has been sent to exasperate us.

    You need to get a proper stripping tool....one that makes two cuts at the same time. The cut depth is adjustable on the standard tools, so you can make adjustments for slight variations in cable brands.
    If I read the above procedure correctly, you are making the cuts with a single-blade cutter, and are doing it in reverse of what I would think would work. You would need to make the first cut 1/4" from the end of the cable...down to the center conductor(which you are calling the dielectric). The second cut would be at the 1/2" point, and would only cut through the outer pvc cover of the cable, which is then removed. You then fold back the shield and slide the fitting on. You can screw the fitting onto a splitter to give you a better grip on it.
     
  5. CJTE

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    You're a bit late to the party. My problem is already solved. Ive got 2 plates that need to be screwed back into their respective gangbox's I've just been messing with other things. My WB616 is in place and everything is set.

    All I have left is punching down the Cat6.

    Pictures when it's done.
     
  6. wildbill129

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    Ditto....when I started reading this thread, I couldn't help but wonder what the issue was. I have put on hundreds of these connectors (purchased off of ebay and solid signal) without any issues. No sweat, no tore up fingers, easy as pie....

    To the OP, I realize you are done with your project...but when money allows, buy the PPC EX6-XL...life will be so much easier......
     
  7. sadoun

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    DataShark makes a good starter kit for the DIY installer:

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    Their compression connectors are expensive. I like the PPC Ex6XL. Works all the time.

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    The Perfect Vision PV6PV connector is another good one:

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  8. CJTE

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    Thats the kit I have except that one is a little cheper because it doesn't come with the plastic carrying case.

    Ive got a 50-pack of EX6XL's, and had a 50-pack of CMP6 (Now I've only got about 10 left of the latter becaused I used them for almost the entire install).

    Please read what others have said before reviving an old thread. You haven't listed any new information that wasn't already covered.
     

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