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How To Terminate Coaxial Cable

by Jeff Fisher


Stirling connectors on RG6 Quad-Shield Cable.



Thomas & Betts Connectors on RG6 Dual-Shield Cable

Cut the end of the cable off square with a set of sharp cutters. (200069 Shown.)
Place the coax in the stripper part of the combination tool, with the end flush against the side of the tool. (Or use the separate stripper.)

Twirl the strip tool around the cable until the "crunching" stops. (5 to 10 turns.)

Remove the combination or strip tool.

Pull off the stripped materiel.

Fold back the remaining braid so that there is only one layer of foil left against the center white dielectric.

Note that with quad shield cable, there may be two layers of braid and one layer of foil to fold back. When using the 200004 stripper, adjust the blade so that it cuts through the outer layer of braid and foil. This makes the "folding back" operation much quicker and easier.

If you do not get everything except the innermost layer of foil folded back, it will be very difficult to push on the connector.

Untwist the black ring from the SNS connector and slide onto the cable, fat end first.

Insert the cable into the SNS connector.

When inserted properly, the white insulator of the cable should be flush with the metal flange. If you cannot get the coax to go in all the way, pull it out and push it in again. Sometimes the cable catches on the inner ring. If the cable jacket is loose, you may need to kink the cable slightly in your palm while pressing it into the connector (no more than 45 degrees).
Slide the ring into the connector and lay the assembly into the crimp tool.

Squeeze the handle until the ring seats all the way into the connector. You should hear or feel a "click" as it pops into position.

Remove the coax and connector from the crimper.

Crimp Style Connectors on RG6 Dual-Shield Cable

Cut the end of the cable off square with a set of sharp cutters. (200069 Shown.)
Open the RG6 Toggle Strip Tool and stick the coax through the hole until the end is flush with the top lip (9 mm position).

Twirl the Toggle tool 6 turns clockwise, then 2 turns counterclockwise.

Note: You can also use the 2-Blade Rotary Stripper for this and the next step.

Open the Toggle tool and push the coax through a little more until the fresh cut is at the middle (6 mm position).

Twirl the Toggle tool 2 turns counterclockwise.

Remove the coax from the Toggle tool.

Using a pair of pliers, pull off the big piece of stripped materiel leaving the bare copper center conductor.

Use the pliers to pinch a small piece of the outer jacket and pull. This will remove a "ring" of jacket leaving about 1/8" of exposed braid and foil.

With your fingers, bend all the braid back along the outside of the cable as evenly as possible.

Shove the end of the cable into a crimp connector and work the cable in until the white insulator is flush with the bottom of the connector.

Open the jaws of the crimper and lay the connector in the bigger slot with the edge of the connector flush with the edge of the crimper.

Squeeze the handles all the way together and release.

Remove the coax and connector from the crimper.

Crimp Style Connectors on RG6 Quad-Shield Cable

Cut the end of the cable off square with a set of sharp cutters. (200069 Shown.)
Open the 2-Blade Rotary Strip Tool and stick the coax through the hole until the end is flush with the lip.

Twirl the stripper several turns in the direction indicated by the arrow on the tool, until the "crunching" stops.

Note that the strip tool comes set up for dual-shield cable, you will have to adjust both blades 2-3 turns "deeper" to achieve the strip shown below.

Remove the coax from the Toggle tool.

Using a pair of pliers, pull off the big piece of stripped materiel leaving the bare copper center conductor. Also pull off the smaller ring of outer jacket. Two layers of braid and one layer of foil should also come off,leaving exposed only one layer of foil.
Shove the end of the cable into a crimp connector and work the cable in until the white insulator is flush with the bottom of the connector.
This is the hardest part of installing crimp connectors on quad-shield coax. You need some way to hold the connector, keep it from spinning, not crush the easily bent "crimp" area, and yet allow the center conductor to stick out of the end. I found a little pair of Channel-Lock pliers work well.
Open the jaws of the crimper and lay the connector in the bigger slot with the edge of the connector flush with the edge of the crimper.

Squeeze the handles all the way together and release.

Remove the coax and connector from the crimper.

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