How to fittings/connectors on the ends of RG6 coaxial cable?
In today’s Word, most professionals are using compression fittings for satellite Internet and satellite TV and other coaxial cable runs.
The reason for this is because compression fittings do not usually just loosen up and fall off like the old hex crimper fittings did, and also, new connectors are high frequency and often pass a lot of power and need to be secured onto the cable properly for that.
We prefer to use the IT1000 Cable Prep & Compression Fitting Tool since it’s an all-in-one device, however, many others are today as well, and you can find them here.
In fact, the IT1000 Cable Pro & Compression Tool was the very first item we ever offered in our secure online store back in the day because it was so hard to find, yet to helpful to speed up our installation process.
What you will need:
You will need the following tools/items to install fittings on RG6 Coaxial Cable:
- RG6 Cable
- Compression Fittings (We use these RidgeLoc universal fittings, available here in 6-packs that work for several different types of RG6 Coaxial Cable)
- Cable Cutting / Stripping / Cable Prep Tool or similar device
- Compression Fitting Tool or Device (for putting the fittings on the cable)
How it's done:
The steps for placing a fitting, connector, etc. on the end of RG6 Coaxial Cable includes:
- Cut the cable to the desired length.
- Make sure the end of the cable that you are going to put the fitting on is nice and round.
- Cut/Strip approximately 1/2″ of the cable down to the copper center conductor
- Cut/Strip approximately 1/4″ more of the outer black shielding off of the cable down only to the wire mess (outer shielding) of the cable.
- Make sure the shielding remains smooth and against the white insulation core so the connector/fitting will slip on nicely.
- Make sure the braided mesh shielding is not contacting the center conductor of the cable in any way.
- Slide the fitting onto the cable so that the wire mesh shield is flush with the inside of the cable connector or fitting.
- The end of the copper center conductor should stick out past the end of the fitting by 1/8″ or so, once it’s compressed.
- Use the compression tool to squeeze the connector/fitting together so that it will tighten onto the cable.
- Check it by pulling on it once you are finished.
- Make sure the copper center conductor remained straight and centered in the fitting.