How to remove connectors from coaxial cable

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How to remove connectors from coaxial cable
Remove connectors from coaxial cable for splicing or adding a new one. (Coaxial cable image by lefebvre_jonathan from

Coaxial cable has many uses. It carries RF (radio frequency) signals that allow it to be used in a number of applications, such as audio/video and computer networking. Barrel connectors at the end of these cables make it easy to securely connect them to equipment.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Locate the connector nut on the cable that you want to remove from the coaxial cable. The connector is the metallic nut located at the termination point of the cable.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the coaxial cable from any equipment that it is attached to. Rotate the nut at the end of the cable in a counterclockwise direction. If you cannot turn it by hand, use an adjustable wrench or pliers.

  3. 3

    Pull the coaxial cable straight out of the equipment. Take care not to damage or bend the core in the centre, as this might cause the cable to malfunction.

  4. 4

    Hold the cable straight out in front of you. Hold the wire cutters at a 90-degree angle to the cable. Place the blades just behind the connector. Snap the wire cutters closed quickly to ensure a good, clean cut.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't try to remove connectors from coaxial cable with regular scissors--this can damage the scissors and result in a messy cut on the cable.

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