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Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160574 12/21/06 11:57 AM
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Easy solution to this quandry is to find out what the cable company is using. You are, after all going to interconnect with them. Hell, ask nice, tell them what you are doing and they may even give you a box.

Unless you use the same connectors that they use expect to have them cut off so take that into consideration when providing tails as well as purchasing connectors.

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Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160575 12/21/06 01:02 PM
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Who is the cable company?

If it's Cox or Comcast they use quad-shield cable, usually Commscope F6SSVV. I have seen TFC (Times Fiber Coax) cable used also, but not within the last several years.

If it's Adelphia, they were using double-shield cable because they were too poor to pay for quad-shield [Linked Image] I have no idea what they're using now that Comcast owns them. Probably quad-shield.

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160576 12/22/06 12:32 AM
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Our local cable company uses a tri shield. They are ok if I use quad as a substitute for Road Runner installs. Quad is more readily available for those of us not connected to the cable company.

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160577 01/15/07 11:42 PM
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Bob, I am probable too late to jump in here, but how far in the future are yo looking into?. May companies offer combonation packs of CAT, coax and optic in a common sheth,

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160578 01/16/07 03:34 PM
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Here's a great article on Quad-shield cabling from AudioHolics.
http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/audioprinciples/interconnects/quadshieldcables.php

Quad shield has some uses, but definately not for all uses.

You should be fine with regular combination of foil/braid shield for running CATV.

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160579 01/22/07 04:04 AM
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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.
Is that why cheap Hex type crimps use Aluminium?.

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160580 01/22/07 04:06 AM
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Tinned Copper has been used for years.
For fuses and allsorts of other things.

Re: What Cable Should I Use? #160581 01/23/07 11:30 PM
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I don't know. The cheap hex crimps I've seen are all made of chrome plated zinc (I think). Definitely not aluminum.

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