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How to remove connectors from coaxial cable

Updated February 21, 2017

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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  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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Wire cutters

About the Author

Nathan McGinty

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.

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