When you choose a coaxial and DS3 cabling installation package, you should understand the basics of cable installation so that you can properly vet the on-site technicians. Contrary to popular belief, there are more and less effective ways to install coaxial cables. For instance, here is the process that your installer should follow to connect a traditional RCA connector to a coaxial cable.
First, the installer must match the preferred stripping tool to the roundness of the cable. Most stripping tools will require that a cable be round in order to function properly in the first place. Before and installer begins, he should restore the roundness of the cable after measuring it by gently squeezing it between his thumb and finger.
Now that roundness has been determined, the cable can be stripped with the appropriate tool. The installer should strip the cable to the following dimensions – .25 inches of braid being exposed and .157 inches of center conductor that is exposed. The center conductor itself can be anywhere in the range of .125 inches to .157 inches long.
The installer should then separate the dielectric from the braid by folding the braid back until it touches the jacket of the cable. Make sure that none of the strands from the braid are intertwined with the center conductor. Any strands that are coming apart or otherwise in the way should be trimmed by the installer.
The installer should then locate the compression support ring of the connector. This support ring should be moved over the newly folded parade and over the cable. It should fall nicely against the cutpoint of the jacket.
If it is necessary to straighten out the center conductor, the installer should now do so. The installer should slide the pin directly over the conductor and spin the assembly of the pan until it has become fully threaded against the dielectric. When the installer pulls the pin holder straight, it should be able to be easily removed from the pin. The pin should remain straight itself and not end up in a tilted or crooked position.
At this point, there should be no strands of the braid shield that are still in the exposed dielectric area between the base of the pin and the compression support.
This newly assembled connector should be placed directly into the back of an RCA or B&C plug. The installer should insert the assembly until an audible click is heard. This click is the attachment of the center pin to a mechanism inside of the body of the connector.
The installer should maintain a bit of pressure on the cable so that the assembly stays in its proper place within the body of the connector. The installer should then apply a crimping tool. At this point, the connection should be fully viable, and the installer should remove the tool and visually inspect the final product. You should end up with a properly installed coaxial cable connected to a BNC or RCA connector.