The first tool is a coax
stripper that does the three necessary cuts at the same time. More importantly, the cuts are the exact measurements you
are going to need. The second tool works with the third to crimp the ends. Canare has a die set that is the proper size
but this the Paladin is only .001 different; plus it is $90 less.
RCA Crimp Connector (RCAP-C53) - $2.80
- Beldwin RG-6 Coaxial Cable (BL-1694A) -
$0.24 a foot
- Canare Cable Boots (CB03) - $0.20 each
This is it.
It's not too bad. Let's dive right in.
Start by figuring out how much cable you are going to need. It is a lot easier to make the length of the cable before
you put ends on them. The beauty of making your own cables is you can make them any length you want, so plan a head.
Once you have the cables cut, we need to
put some pieces on that will be used later. The picture shows the cable boot and a part of the RCA connection. Put
those on before
you strip the cable. Once those are on, proceed to strip the
Hold it vertical and take the small
screwdriver. You are going to gently fan the shielding away from the installation. Put the cap on the center core after
Take the RCA connector and slid it down
till you feel the cap lightly snap into the connector. The bottom part of the connector is going in between the
installation and shielding.
Take the first piece
of the connector that was slid on to the cable way back before it was stripped and slide it over the shielding and
connector. It should be firm at this point.
Take your crimper's and crimp at the top of the shielding. You will need to make another crimp at the bottom since
the crimper is not wide enough to do the entire thing.
Slide up the colored boot and you are done. That's it. We told you it was easy.
can be used for component, composite, and subwoofer cables. Once you get past the up front cost, it is very cheap to
make these cables. Think of the tools as an investment
as they will turn
around and pay for themselves. There is no good way to make a HDMI, DVI, or S-Video due to the amount of wires that is
involved. Besides, you can get cheap HDMI and DVI cables online and 'cause they are digital, as long as they are firm
in inside of their female counterpart, they will work great.
We will be doing audio cables soon as they are
slightly different. They do require soldering and are a bit more time consuming, but still are not that bad.
Now go save some cash!
[via AVS Forum