This video shows you how to fit a coaxial TV plug onto a coaxial cable. This is the most common type of connection for TV aerial connections but is also commonly used of for FM radio as well. This is actually a relatively simple task with some basic DIY skills and will hopefully save you some money by not having to call an engineer out. Installation of a coax plug can be completed with many hand tools available around the home.
To make a fly-lead which can connect your digital or Freeview TV to an aerial socket or a TV aerial wall-plate, simply repeat this process for both side of your cable.
Tools You Will Need To Fit A Coax Plug
1 x Coaxial cable stripping tool - Stanley blade or utility knife are fine.
1x Coaxial cable cutting tool - side cutters (even scissors will suffice)
Step By Step Guide For Installing a Coaxial Plug
- Separate the coaxial IEC plug into it's individual four parts. Screw cap, main coaxial outside body, inner core connector and claw.
- Insert the screw cap onto the end of the coaxial cable that you wish to terminate. The threaded side must point towards the end of the cable.
- With the coaxial stripping tool or utility knife. Around 25mm or 1 inch away from the cable end make a small round incision outermost layer (cable sheath) of the cable. Be careful not to cut out all the way though as you do not want to cut into the coaxial braid itself. Remove the cut cable sheath revealing the cable braid and screen.
- Fold the cable braid back over the cable sheath and hold in place with the metal claw. It helps to give this a twist to keep all of the individual cable strands in place.
- If using a double screened cable, with the coaxial stripping tool cut away the cable screen and remove revealing the internal dielectric material.
- Around 3mm or 1/10 of an inch away from the metal claw, with the utility knife cut away the dielectric revealing the centre conductor/ inner core.
- Make a slight bend in the inner core around half way.
- Insert the inner core connector of the coaxial plug itself over the centre conductor/ inner core. The kink in the cable will help make a good contact of the inner core connector of the coaxial plug.
- With the coaxial cutting tool (scissors or side-cutters) cut the cable inner core flush with the end of the inner core connector of the coaxial plug.
- Slide on main coaxial outer body over the inner core connector of the plug.
- With the screw cap, screw this hand tight over the main coaxial outside body or the plug.