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I've seen it all when it comes to connectors, from the push-ons, screw-ons, and crimp-ons.

Firstly, prepare your wire! I know that sounds elementary, but I have seen countless times where the shielding isn't completely stripped away and a small strand gets accidentally caught leaning against the stringer. Buy a cable stripping tool and use it! (Actually, the tool is pretty inexpensive, and is easier/safer than using wire strippers or a knife)

Stay away from the push-on style of connectors. They will fall off eventually, or get loose, and ground out your signal.

The crimp-on connectors can also be just as fatal, especially if not crimped using a high quality CABLE crimping tool. Don't use needle nose pliers, or a 3.99 tool, you'll get a 3.99 connection, and that just wont cut it with longer cable runs and digital cable. If you use a good quality connector, a high quality crimping tool, and decent technique in wire prep and crimping, the crimp-on connector is preferred, as it lasts the longest, will not come loose, and will maintain the best overall all connection in the long run.

Screw-on types of connectors were introduced about 10 years ago, but remember that you have to use the proper sized connector for the the cable that you are using. And many homes have multiple sizes in cable in them due to the fact that the industry is constantly changing in terms of what types of materials are currently used and available in stores. Your home probably will have different cable wire in it, especially if some cable wire has been added into it by your brother-in-law, or other friend or relative.

Screw-on connectors will work ok for most homeowner installations, if the wire is properly prepared, and the proper-sized connector is installed tightly on the wire.

So how do I know all about this??? Been there, done that, and learned from my mistakes!

Good luck with your home wiring! And don't forget to check out the FAQs on the types of splitters and amplifiers to use, as most discount and home improvement stores don't sell what you should be using at home.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • For diy without a compression tool i would recommend the new ideal push-on connectors over the old twist ons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1n-j4H3HDM&hd=1

    2014-06-28 00:19:43 (maxbrando See Profile)

  • Compression fittings are currently the best type on the market. Screw-ons, and crimp-ons allow moisture in the fittings and damage the cable as part of the process of installing them. When I say damage I mean it actually changes the velocity of propagation due to the fact that the "velocity factor mainly depends on the insulating material" which has been crushed by the crimp-on or shredded by the screw-on. I would have to say 90% of outside plant problems are from the drop to the customer premise equipment, and I would have to say 70 - 80% are screw-on and crimp-on fittings. It is these type of fittings that are most often installed incorrectly, induce noise, change the VOP, and allow moisture into the cable.

    2011-09-22 02:22:15

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by wmgoat See Profile edited by ergibbs See Profile
last modified: 2003-09-02 11:45:58