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gandydancer

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Posted: 01/21/19 04:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can anyone recommend a F- connector tool for use when hooking up cable coax at the campground? I have trouble getting my fat fingers around the nut to properly tighten.I use slip-on connectors now but I think there is signal leakage with them. Thanks


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Posted: 01/21/19 04:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the push on connectors do work but you're right...there is a reduced signal with them. I'd like to meet the guy that invented t F-connectors. anyway do a search on Amazon for 'F Connector Installation & Removal Tool'. I bought one but haven't had an opportunity to try it under real conditions yet.


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Posted: 01/21/19 04:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Plastic tubing cut to fit over the connector. Cheap, easy and works

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Posted: 01/21/19 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There`are a variety of tools available for that.
Like this one

But Larry-D's idea sounds good to me.

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Not sure what your question is.
If you talking a tool to loosen and tighten an F connector, that would not have anything to do w/ a loss of signal.
If you talking a type of F connector, then yes, there are cheap ones that will even fall off the cable if you turn your back on them. I like using the o-ring sealed ones that the cable guys use,.....which requires a special tool to collapse the sleeve that seals the conn to the coax.
And if you install very many F connectors, buying a coax stripping tool, is worth its weight in gold. I can't believe how good they work !


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Posted: 01/21/19 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The slip on connector work just fine. You want to get the ones that have a wire ring around the outside of the collar for the best, longest lasting connection. If things get loose then replace them. There's really not enough of a loss to be noticeable with a good quality slip on.
Now, satellite TV connections? No slip on's anywhere!


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Posted: 01/21/19 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I ended up getting the Klein Compression Tool although it appears that the Klein connectors are about the only ones that work well with the tool. With all that, I've been happy with it and prefer it to the old crimping method although I thought I had mastered that too.


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A simple 3/8 open end wrench is all you need

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Posted: 01/21/19 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

donn0128 wrote:

A simple 3/8 open end wrench is all you need
A 3/8" open end wrench is the size, but many of those connections are in an awkward spot, and turning the nut 2 flats at a time with an open end wrench is a very slow ordeal. Plus the wrench won't help you get the nut started.


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Posted: 01/21/19 10:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

7/16" wrench!!!! Never seen a 3/8" coax fitting.


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