This guide will explain how to create your own coax cable using crimp-on style CATV connectors. The same techniques can be used on various sized cables. We will be using RG6 cable and RG6 F-type Connectors, which come included in the 902-356 Home Entertainment Tool Kit.
Coaxial Cable Breakdown
Step 1 – Spool out your length of cable
Pull out enough cable to run the length required for your installation. Make sure the ends are cut flush.
Step 2 – Strip cable to center conductor
Insert the cable into the stripper cavity that is designed to remove all layers of the cable except the center conductor. This cavity is easy to identify as it has a notch for the conductor. Line up the cutting blade so it is at 1/4″ away from the flush end of the cable. In a circular motion rotate the stripper around the coax cable. After a few rotations the dielectric insulator, foil shield, braid and outer jacket should come off with ease. You should now have 1/4″ of conductor exposed at the end of your cable
Step 3 – Strip only the outer jacket
Use the other cavity to strip only the outer jacket 1/4″ away from where the conductor is now exposed. Use the same rotary motion as the previous step to remove the jacket from the cable. You should now have roughly half an inch of cable stripped to these two stages.
Step 4 – Fold braided shield back
Fold the braided shield over the outer jacket and away from the dielectric insulator. This will leave the 1/4″ dielectric wrapped in foil shield and another 1/4″ of center conductor exposed.
Step 5 – Insert the cable into the F-connector
Use moderate force and push the cable all the way into the connector. Using a twisting motion can help feed the cable into the connector. You need to make sure the cable is in completely or the crimp may not work correctly.
Step 6 – Crimp the connector on to the cable
Use the crimp tool to fasten the connector on to the cable. Crimp the connector twice as shown in the image above.
Step 7 – Crimp the other end of the cable
Repeat steps 1 through 6 on the other end of the cable.