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Virgin Media cable crimp tool

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by acurachris, 4 Dec 2018.

  1. acurachris

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    Hi

    I need to move a virgin media cable about 2m across the wall, luckily the direction where the cable length allows!

    The current hole is to small to pull the cable out with the end on, so I’ll need to cut the cable, drill another hole, insert through and crimp a new end on.

    Does anyone know what type of connectors these are, where I can buy them and which tool would crimp it?

    Cheers
     
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    Hi

    Yes they look similar. I didn't know it was just a coaxial cable... feel rather daft now! I always assumed Virgin Media cables were fairly specific and were crimped with a tool as they feel robust.

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    I think i'll just get the twist on type then.

    Very useful, thank you.
     
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    It already terminates into a plastic virgin media box which i'll move so it'll look finished! :)

    Cheers
     
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    Be very careful following the advice above. You should use never use non Virgin terminate plates and never use twist on F connectors.

    Search “cable ingress”

    If you fit those devices as quoted on a Virgin Media install you risk having your services cut off as you can cause interference into the network which will effect performance for other customers.
     
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    What connectors should I use?
     
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    Acurachris
    If worried that you will get cuttoff by Virgin (which I somehow doubt it considering the weight of Virgin requests to join I get every day through the mail) you can get ones that look identical to the original.
    They are called "Snap Seal F Compression Crimp Connector Plug"

    I have never used so do not know how easy to "snap seal" without the dedicated tool. They are here on ebay:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_...l+F+Compression+Crimp+Connector+Plug&_sacat=0

    And here is the How to use video:

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    No, not so much that!

    I find it unlikely to cause a major problem changing one connector but if there is a way to do the job as Virgin would do it, I’d prefer to do that.

    Cheers for the link.
     
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    Acurachris,
    Agreed, always best to do job properly and invisibly if possible.
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  12. Iamchamps

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    Exactly what every person who knows nothing about Virgin Media’s cable network thinks and which is why people DIY the cable. Do it properly use crimp on F connectors and make sure they are tightened so you can not undo them with your fingers.

    Virgin engineers do proactively search for properties causing ingress in the network through poor connectors and other issues and attempt to fix or disconnect you until it can be fixed.
     
  13. acurachris

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    :eek:

    I'll just sit in the corner quietly until i'm told i can speak again!
     
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    Thanks for the heads up.

    A quick Google for " cable ingress virgin" does indeed confirm that VM will cut off services.

    eg.

    https://community.virginmedia.com/t...rs-rude-amp/td-p/3856804?awin_src=awin_mobile

    I currently use twist on connections for freeview and sat extensions but will defo look at buying the crimp connections and crimp tool in the future.

    As an aside, I have only ever purchased CT100 (normally from Toolstation), what would you recommend?
     
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    That link appears to be more about how bad their installation teams are and nothing to do with the connector on the end of the cable or cutting off services due to it.
     
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