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# 39443 14-Aug-2009 00:19
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I'm looking to run coax to all the bedrooms and study. I have used these cable and F connectors from Jaycars to the kitchen.

I've become aware that although it states they are used by pay-tv and are Foxtell approved that they might not pass the scrutiny of sky. While I don't yet want sky I thought it prudent to 'Sky-proof' the wiring in-case I changed my mind, especially if it don't add much to the cost of install.

Where does everyone get there sky approved cable and F-connectors from. (Cheap ;-) ) Shop or Internet? I live in Aucklands NorthShore.  Do you use crimp or compression? My house is a cavity brick and tile with no insulation in the walls so I had thought that a sealed compression type F-connector might be best. I hadn't used them because of the cost of the crimping tool.

Dick Smith are clearing these Radial coax compression tools but I don't know if it can be used with other compression connectors. The Dick Smith compression F-connector that is supposed to fit this tool looks awfully expensive to me. Do others with more experience with these tools have any ideas?


thanks.        Robin

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  # 246372 14-Aug-2009 06:19
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I got Coax and F Connectors from Bunnings Warehouse

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  # 246458 14-Aug-2009 10:07
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Stewarts Electrical or equivalent are quite good, as they are wholesalers. I've been in there plenty of times and got stuff, even without an account.


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  # 246762 14-Aug-2009 20:30
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"Stewarts Electrical or equivalent are quite good, as they are wholesalers. I've been in there plenty of times and got stuff, even without an account."


Possibly just a little out of my way ;-) but perhaps J A Russell could be a good price.



To be honest I would never pick Bunnings to have that sort of thing DJ, but I suppose it makes sense for aerials. Are they sky approved?

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  # 248148 18-Aug-2009 13:25
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There's a great shop near the top of Queen street called Surplustronics (in Auckland city). It has all the tools and bits you need at very reasonable prices. Thats where I bought my tools for F connectors, and data wiring (CAT6) as well.

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  # 248584 19-Aug-2009 11:50
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Hi NZRobin,
Dick Smith are selling "sky approved" compression F-connectors - although at almost $6 each can be somewhat costly if you have a few to install, and depends if you already have any compression or crimp type tools as the crimp F-connectors are somewhat cheaper. With the compression type F-connectors, they are able to be dis-assembled if you need to make any cable length changes and re-compressed(not really highly recommended though). Probably weigh up the cost of the tools, connectors, rubber boots, coax stripper cable etc

One thought, for any outside connections made ensure to place a rubber boot on the cable first. When Saturn (Telstra Clear) were doing their initial cable roll out, they used to also fill the rubber boots on the RG6 with a non-setting silicon to keep moisture out of the connection, very handy for later alterations.

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