2007-04-03, 03:31 PM
I am looking for input on what the best tools would be for getting the job done right.
Looking for input on compression tool for rg6, rg6 cable (1000'), and rg6 connectors.
I am in Calgary and would prefer to buy the cable at a store, but do not mind buying the connectors and compression tool at ebay or something.
Now I have always done my own installs, but my connections suck as I have a crappy tool.
I am building a new house and am going to wire the house myself for satellite, so just looking for some input here.
thanks for your help.
i hate tv
2007-04-03, 06:39 PM
I still have my old Thomas and Betts IT 1000
Ten years old, never changed the blade......
It doesnt get everyday use mind you, but well worth the $$$
Get your connectors from the same company (most cable co's use these)
Buy quality cable, 2+GHZ swept
The money you save doing it yourself, put that into your materials, so you wont have problems in the future
Seeing as it can cost $50-$75 a line, spending a few hundred, on a tool, and material will be well worth it
its up to you, but a friend just built a house, and ran 2 rg6 and 2 cat 5 to every room, some rooms had multiple outlets, even though he said he would probably never use them, the house was being finished top to bottom, so running the wires before it was drywalled, was essential to keeping the mrs happy
in the end, he had about 30-40 of each in his basement
have a read in here in the forums, im sure there are some neat ideas...
rough in at least 4 lines to where the satellite is going to be installed ( a few more if you are ambitious, you never know if you might need them....)
2007-04-03, 06:54 PM
thanks for the reply.
I am planning on doing cat 5, phone and sat in each room. My basement I am developing myself, so access after the build should be easy.
During the build I will probably just put a box in each location and drill the hole to the basement, this will make running the cable after really easy.
I have read there is shitty and good cable.
I am saving $50 per each cable run to each room, so I am saving lots and have no problem dumping that cash into materials.
2007-04-03, 08:18 PM
Compression connectors are the way to go. Thomas & Betts tools are very good for professionals but way too expensive for the home user. I purchased a cheaper compression tool and connectors and they work well. You could try Home Depot or PM me for where I purchased mine.
2007-04-04, 03:09 AM
Home Depot carries the Ideal line for compression tool and connectors. I found the product satifactory...$35.00 for the tool and a box of 10 connectors for $10.00.
2007-04-04, 03:48 PM
I found the product satifactory
Ideal makes good quality tools. You could do a lot worse.
2007-04-04, 07:05 PM
I too bought the Ideal compression tool from Home Depot. It works great. I haven't had any problems with my connections.
2007-04-04, 07:28 PM
what do you guys think of the platinum tools?
18006 for the connectors and 16201c for the tool.
is it a good idea to used rg6 quad or does it really matter?
thanks for all the help.
i hate tv
2007-04-11, 08:54 PM
checkout online auctions
thomas and betts materials/tools , can be found rather cheap, using the www
quad is better for long runs, but it is overkill, if you are doing it yourself in a modest sized house
for cable, i tried to use what the local cable/sat co. uses
if you are running satellite (not that it makes a huge difference)
buy higher swept cable (2+ghz)
run multiple lines to each room (2 to an outlet, isnt a bad idea)
and multiple outlets to major rooms, where the Mrs. may decide she wants the tv on the other side of the room.....
2007-04-15, 10:28 PM
Could I suggest that you run 2 x RG6 cables to each room.....
Just in case you get a Dual Tuner Receiver....
I know that eventually Bell wil license DishPro and we would only need 1 line but still, its a great idea to have a second just in case.