You just received your income tax return and decided to replace the old green shag carpet in your bedroom. As you were pulling the old stinky carpet up, it snagged the coaxial cable that was running up through the floor from the crawl space and tore the end right off. You definitely do not want to spend money on a service call to the cable company. Here is how you can fix a coaxial cable end yourself.
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Things you need
- Angled wire cutter
- Coaxial cable stripper
- Compression tool
- RG6 compression fitting
Use your angled wire cutters to cut off the old mangled end of the cable. You want a flat cut so that you can get your coaxial cable stripper on the end of it.
Put the end of the cable into the coaxial cable stripper. You can buy a coaxial cable stripper at either Lowes or Home Depot. Most coaxial cable strippers have a diagram on them showing which way to set the cable into it. Make sure you have the RG6 cutter of the stripper on the right side or else your cable will not strip correctly. Clamp the strippers down, and turn it four or five times in each direction. Pull it off and clear away the cut plastic and wire. You will have better reception if there is no loose wire. Pull back the wire that is still attached, and press them up against the black plastic.
Take your RG6 fitting and press the cable so that the copper wire and white plastic go into the centre hole of the fitting. Press the cable in until the white plastic becomes flush with the metal on the side of the fitting that will screw into the port of your receiver or television unit. Lowes or Home Depot have RG6 compression-type fittings.
Set the cable and fitting into the compression tool. This will be self-explanatory, as it will only go into the tool one way. Once the cable and fitting are snug in the compression tool, squeeze until you cannot squeeze anymore. You will feel it give a little snap as you are squeezing, which is good. Release and take your cable out with your new end on it.