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Need cheap coax cable tightening tool.
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Post 1 made on Friday August 23, 2002 at 14:40
pchlpdr
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When I recently got cable TV, I saw one of the installers using a device to tighten the coax cable going to my cable box. Looked like a simple tool. Do you professionals know what this tool is called and where I can get one cheaply. I tired of trying to hand tighten coax cables only to have loose a few months later. And some places my fingers can't even fit.

JP
Post 2 made on Friday August 23, 2002 at 16:13
Larry Fine
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You're looking for this.

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This message was edited by Larry Fine on 08/23/02 16:15.28.
Post 3 made on Friday August 23, 2002 at 22:20
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That is an F connector wrench. I picked mine up at the friendly neighborhood home depot. Made by ideal I believe. Not too expensive (under $10 if I remember). Great tool to have.

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Post 4 made on Friday August 23, 2002 at 23:59
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I have one that looks like a socket with a slit up the side. Ok Skeik did I open myself up or what? :)
Post 5 made on Saturday August 24, 2002 at 01:41
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On 08/23/02 23:59.13, ECHOSLOB said...
Ok Skeik did I open myself up or what? :)

Take your nasty talk somewhere else.

This message was edited by QQQ on 08/24/02 15:04.49.
Post 6 made on Saturday August 24, 2002 at 11:10
Jose Blanco
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Want something cheaper..go to Kmart and get a 7/16 wrench..
Post 7 made on Saturday August 24, 2002 at 13:29
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Jose, you're right that standard F-connectors are 7/16". What you missed is that you usually have very little room to swing a wrench around on a back panel, which means re-positioning the wrench a few times.

The tool which I linked (see 'this' in my prior post) is shaped like the slitted socket described by Echoslob, with a screwdriver-like handle, and you can get a complete turn or more without re-positioning the tool, plus it reaches through the ubiquitous maze of wires.

Larry
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Post 8 made on Saturday August 24, 2002 at 15:14
Jose Blanco
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Yes, I am familiar with that tool. I even think the other side has another size on wrench..can't remember. Was just giving the guy some (cheaper) options.
Post 9 made on Saturday August 24, 2002 at 18:15
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They're both good to have, the wrench is especially good on wall mounted splitters.
Post 10 made on Sunday August 25, 2002 at 20:15
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the one the cable company uses is called a security tool. you can use it to take the filters off your line at the pole. it looks like a socket but has a slit in it. but why tighten the connector. hand tight should be fine as long as the copper is long enough. theres no reason to use a wrench.
Post 11 made on Sunday August 25, 2002 at 21:37
ItsColdInMN
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Hard to get big fingers around the sides of the F connector when they're placed close to other connectors. Any F tightening tool is a necessity at some point or another.
Post 12 made on Monday August 26, 2002 at 21:24
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try this

[Link: hometech.com]
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