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#160564 - 12/17/06 05:19 AM What Cable Should I Use?
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I am running new cable TV conductors in my home.

What should I use?

I am not looking for the most expensive cable on the market, only a cable that will do the job.

Also some recommendations on the connectors, tools would be very helpfully.

Thanks in advance, Bob
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#160565 - 12/17/06 06:11 AM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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Most cable co want Quad shield RG-6. Some will not hook up to any other type of cable. Cable co. use aircraft freq. and well shielded cable prevents signal from radiating. Also if you live within 30 miles of local TV ststions, well shielded cable prevents brodcast stations direct pickup. (causes leading ghost and crosshatch on some channels)Robert

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#160566 - 12/17/06 06:45 AM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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I was talking to my dad about this last night. He's been told to use Quad-shieled RG-6, and not to hook up anything else. (Unless of course it's old cable that he needs to tie into, like repacing a drop.)

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#160567 - 12/17/06 08:39 AM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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Snap & seal connectors are the most used, T&B, Gem and others make them. A special tool is required to install them. I have an Ideal brand that works well. Robert

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#160568 - 12/18/06 05:38 AM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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I will second the quad shield rg-6 and snap n seal connectors.
Depending on the complexity of any future plans, you might want to run 2 cables to each location.

[This message has been edited by mkoloj (edited 12-18-2006).]

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#160569 - 12/19/06 10:33 PM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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All good suggestions.

I would like to add when you buy your coax make sure the braided shield is all copper. No aluminum, it's well worth the $$
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#160570 - 12/19/06 11:06 PM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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Wrichey, welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately I have to disagree with your recommendation. 99% of the copper shielded RG6 has an 80% shield and is designed for CCTV use only. It should never be used for CATV or DBS wiring. You can get copper shielded RG6 cable designed for CATV/DBS use but it is very expensive and not necessary. Monster MV-Quad does have copper shielding and retails for around $.75/ft. There are other copper and silver shielded cables available for substantially more.

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#160571 - 12/20/06 05:10 PM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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I was under the impression that the braid on a coaxial cable was tinned copper, not aluminium.
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#160572 - 12/20/06 08:54 PM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
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I recall reading somewhere that aluminum-braid coax is a relatively recent invention, having come out in the 1970s (not 100% sure). Apparently this is because the technology to make a braid out of aluminum did not exist until then. I believe this type of cable was known as Aluminax at one point.

I don't know how true this is but I have never seen really old aluminum coax.

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#160573 - 12/21/06 04:53 AM Re: What Cable Should I Use?
iwire Offline
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I am not a fan of "Monster Cable" anything.

IMO they run a good scam making people pay to much for to little.

I have average equipment and have no problems with the picture quality in the house now.

I am just running the cable in the walls to new locations and want to make a good choice of product.

The old cables are a mix of cable types, splitters and couplings run both inside and outside the house by the cable company
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