Basic Skills Lab -
Premises Copper Cabling
1: Coax Cable
From this lesson you should learn:
How to identify coax cables
How to prepare cables for pulling
How to prepare cables for termination
How to terminate coax cable
Tools And Components
Cable cutting and jacket stripping tools
Samples of cable and connectors
It is impossible to work in premises cabling without
having a good working knowledge about cables and skills in
pulling, placing and preparing cables for termination. In
this lesson, we will identify and examine coax cables,
then prepare them for termination by stripping the cable
to expose the cable structure. Finally we will use a
typical coax connector for
Typical coax cable construction
F style connector on coax cable
Allow plenty of time to complete the exercises without
interruption, although this lesson can be broken into
segments for each cable type.
Note: This is not the usual online course - it
is intended to guide you as you learn new skills
- the "hands-on" skills needed to install
optical fiber cable plants. It involves using
tools and components in a realistic manner. Some
of the processes here can be hazardous, like
working with sharp scraps of optical fiber and
Lesson 1 you should have familiarized yourself with
the safety procedures - follow them all the time. Do
not work with fiber without eye protection and a
proper work area that is easy to clean up.
Always wear safety glasses when doing any of
these exercises and dispose of all scraps
This "skills" course assumes you have a
basic knowledge of cabling. If you are new to
premises cabling, you should first complete the
U Premises Cabling"
course before attempting the hands-on exercises
here or review the FOA
Guide section on cables.
Download the Workbook section on Cables and the VHO
tutorial on Cable Preparation. Watch the videos and/or
read the references on the cable types you have available
for practice. The VHO
"Virtual Hands On" Tutorials take a "step-by-step"
approach to the hands-on processes covered in this
self-study program and the videos will show the
processes in motion. They are both a good way to teach
yourself the processes here - watch the video for the
overview then follow the steps in the VHO web pages.
After reading the workbook section and VHO tutorial and
watching the videos, complete these exercises.
Strip coax cable as shown in the Workbook and VHO in 3
Attach and crimp the F connector to the coax.
As you finish each section, fill in the worksheet at
the end of the Workbook section. Your completed
worksheets are the records of your having successfully
completed the exercises.
to Lesson Plan
Your Comprehension - Online
you completed the Workbook worksheets that are the
records of your having successfully completed the
- Next: Lesson