How to Connect a Coaxial Wall Plate

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How to Connect a Coaxial Wall Plate
Avoid long, tangled coaxial cables by connecting them to wall plates. (Chad Baker/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Coaxial cable carries cable TV and satellite signals into homes. With the explosive growth of high speed broadband, the use of coaxial cable in the home has become even more common. These cables are usually strung through spaces in the walls. A hole is then bored to allow the cable to exit. These holes can become quite ugly. The best way to cover them is by connecting the cable to a coaxial wall plate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Coaxial wall plate
  • Coaxial wire strippers
  • 2 Phillips screws
  • Pencil
  • Anchors
  • Drill
  • Drill bit

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  1. 1

    Locate the coaxial cable. Cut off the end with wire clippers, ensuring that the cut is straight.

  2. 2

    Insert the end of the coax cable into the coax strippers. Gently squeeze the strippers until you can feel them bite into the cable. Slowly twist the cable inside the strippers to cut through the outer wire. Release the strippers. When done correctly, the central core of the coax should be stripped clean from the outer shell.

  3. 3

    Take the coax wall plate in one hand and the stripped coax cable in the other. Insert the inner core of the cable into the coax receptacle on the back of the plate. Slowly thread the plate onto the coax cable by turning it around clockwise.

  4. 4

    Slowly feed the coax cable into the wall until the wall plate is flush. Hold the plate in the position in which you want it mounted. Insert the pencil into the two screw holes and make marks on the wall. Move the wall plate to the side.

  5. 5

    Insert a bit into your drill and tighten. Drill holes in the wall where you made the two pencil marks. Insert the anchors.

  6. 6

    Replace the wall plate. Align it so the screw holes match up to the anchors in the wall. Insert the screws through the wall plate and into the anchors. Tighten with the screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • Match the drill bit to the wall surface; use a masonry bit on brick, a tile bit on tile, and a regular bit on plaster.

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