How to Wire a Satellite Dish

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Wiring a satellite dish requires the use of a cable stripper, a cable foil and a compression tool to make the proper adjustments. Wire a satellite dish correctly with help from a certified satellite installer in this free video on satellite TV.

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Hi my name is Bill Barney, I'm with Community Dish in Pahrump, Nevada, I'm a SBCA licensed installer. That is Satellite Broadcast Communications Association, and I would like to help you with your satellite installation. We just used our cutters to cut the cable off the cable box. We are now going to use our cable strippers. Now you can find these at most hardware stores have them. They are fairly inexpensive. We are going to put the cable into the stripper. Now these strippers are directional. Mine has only one way to put it through, because of this plate that is blocked on there. Not all strippers have those. A lot of times they will just have an arrow that indicates direction that the cable needs to go in. So take a close look at your stripper. Make sure that the cable is about a quarter inch past the feed on your stripper. And we run our stripper around clockwise, the same same the clock turns. When you feel it get really loose the stripper has done it's job. Then you just pull the stripper from the cable, and your cable is prepped. This next step is very, very important. Many installers don't do this next step, they should. If you will notice that this cable is made with a rubber insulating coating on the outside, and it has little wires all the way around the cable that is known in the industry as braid. Braid, and you want to take this braid, and you want to pull it, and pull it down over the top of the insulation. Next part of this cable is a foil. Foil is also called a shield. The shield goes around the white stuff, which is in the center of the cable called dielectric. The dielectric out of the center of that is called, is a metal conductor it is either copper or it is copper-clad steel. Now you want to leave the foil or the shield intact, and pull down the braid. The next step is to slip the fitting on over the top. This is a compression tool, it is used for the newt style compression fittings. The old fittings were called crimp on fittings. They are not as good for weather resistance, and they generally have a little bit more RFR's on them. And they are even more critical that they are put on correctly. So the compression fitting is a little more forgiving than the old crimp ons. But we have to use a new tool called a compression tool. And this ram is adjustable, we've adjusted it to the right height, we put the cable down into the ram between the ram and the compression bar then we just simply squeeze, and it locks the compression fitting on. Pull it out, and we are done.


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