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Trouble using compression tool

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by willis3, Dec 5, 2007.

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  1. willis3

    willis3 Godfather

    Feb 2, 2007

    I even tried removing the braid altogether..didn't help. I am convinced the connectors are the problem..
  2. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island

    Rather than use a pair of pliers or a vice grip, I ended up getting an F-connector screwdriver tool from Home Depot. The screwdriver portion is pretty useless. But on the bottom of the handle, there is a female f connector, which you can screw the compression connector to, which will hold it firmly while you push and twist the cable into the connector. This tool also prevents you from pushing the cable too far into the connector.

    That having been said, I agree with willis3 that, being that the connector that he is using is supposed to be for both RG6 and RG6 quad, that the tightness of the connector is probably the problem.

    I had a problem with Belden RG 59 and the Thomas & Betts connectors. But using the coax screwdriver tool for the connector and a pair of pliers to hold the cable (so it didn't bend), I was able to get them to fit together.
  3. techrep

    techrep Hall Of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    Did you buy the jar of connectors with the black stripe?
  4. cawgijoe

    cawgijoe Legend

    Dec 22, 2005
    Depending on the maufacturer of the coax, I've had some compression connectors go on very easy after using the stripping tool and others have given my fingers blisters.
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