How to Properly Install F-Connectors on RG6 Coax
This step will vary depending on the particular connector style you are using. Today we have basically two styles of Type-F connectors to choose from. When I did my wiring in the spring of 2000 there really was only one type that I came across that was reasonably priced and readily available. So I used the crimp on style. Now a newer and easier to use connector is somewhat reasonably priced and readily available. These newer connectors are commonly called compression type and are made by Augat/T&B (Snap-N-Seal), Paladin (SealTite) and AIM (CATV "F" waterproof) among others.
The crimp type is on the left and the compression type is on the right.
I used the crimp on type for my project but I have since switched to the compression style. Believe me, the compression style is a lot easier to use. And they seem to be a more reliable connector. And, as you may have guessed, they cost more. And they require a different tool to apply the two connectors. The good news is that the same process for STRIPPING coax cables that I have given in this website work equally well with both styles of connectors without doing anything differently.
Steps for compression water tight F-conectors
Untwist the black ring from the F connector and slide onto the cable, fat end first.
Insert the cable into the F connector
When inserted properly, the white insulator of the cable should be flush with the metal flange. If you cannot get the coax to go in all the way, pull it out and push it in again. Sometimes the cable catches on the inner ring. If the cable jacket is loose, you may need to kink the cable slightly in your palm while pressing it into the connector (no more than 45 degrees).
Slide the ring into the connector and lay the assembly into the crimp tool.
Squeeze the handle until the ring seats all the way into the connector. You should hear or feel a "click" as it pops into position.
Remove the coax and connector from the crimper.
Steps for Crimp Style Connectors on RG6 Dual Shield:
With your fingers, bend all the braid back along the outside of the cable as evenly as possible.
Shove the end of the cable into a crimp connector and work the cable in until the white insulator is flush with the bottom of the connector
Open the jaws of the crimper and lay the connecter in the bigger slot with the edge of the connector flush with the edge of the crimper.
Squeeze the handles all the way together and release.
Remove the coax and connector from the crimper