If you know anything about satellite, cable or antenna installations, you know about F connectors and how much of a pain they can be to crimp. Recently, a new type of connector has become popular. They are called compression connectors. The connectors are relatively cheap, but the tool used to crimp them costs quite a bit. In this video, I will show you how to build a jig to crimp these for free!
Water proofing is a very important asset to have when making RG-6 cables because if water gets into the braided shield and it rusts, your whole cable could go to waste.
Sometimes, I even use an RTV silicon with the waterproof connectors.
- a drill with a 9/32 or similar bit. The hole you will drill will accept RG-6 so make it close.
- two 1 inch square pieces of plywood. Thickness is no issue.
- a vice or c-clamp for portable crimping
- the connectors
Snap-N-Seal connectors come in F, RCA, BNC and others that I have not heard of yet. They are the greatest thing to grace the face of the earth when installing an antenna on the roof and you need to crimp. If you decide to use my method to crimp it cheap then it tends to be harder, but if you have the official crimper, it works GREAT!
If you only do a couple of connectors a year for personal use, I would recommend the method outlined in this instructable. If you do hundreds of them, shell out 25 bucks for the economy crimper. I have personally used the economy crimper to do HUNDREDS of connectors and it has worked great EVERY time. I work in an electronics shop and we make custom length RG6 cables for customers while they wait or shop around. When it gets busy, the crimper is a great thing!