Coaxial cable installation

For homeowners planning to install cables in multiple receptacle locations.

It is possible to do these installations yourself. In fact, you can reduce your installation costs by installing this cable. 

With the right tools, materials, and instructions, you should be able to get the job done on a weekend and save the cost of paying a cable installer.

Things you will need:

  • Wire cutters

  • Electric drill

  • Drill

  • Coaxial stripper

  • Coaxial Crimper Connector

  • Coaxial connectors

  • Coaxial receptacle caps

  • Lock saw

Step 1 – Estimate the Cable Needed

Decide in advance where you want your TV jacks, then calculate the distance from your main coaxial terminal to your room where you will install your receptacles. 

If your terminal is in your basement, and if you plan to run your new cables across the floor and into the rooms where your receptacles will be installed, be sure to include measurements between the floor and the receptacle. 

When adding all cable lengths, include an additional 10 percent. Also add about 2 feet of cord for each outlet. 

You will need this additional cable for the connectors. When you have these figures, you can purchase your cable and hardware from a home improvement center.

Step 2 – Install wall and floor openings

If you plan to install your cord inside the wall where you will install your receptacle, and if you plan to use recessed receptacles, you must make your openings in the wall and in the floor under the wall.

 Plan to use a power drill and a long wood bit at least 1 “in diameter and 15” to 18 “long. You will probably need to drill a 2 ” floor plate. 

Use a jigsaw to cut a piece of drywall to fit its recessed receptacle. If you plan to install your cable to the surface of the wall, you will not need to drill inside the wall, and you will need surface mount receptacles of discharge receptacles.

Step 3 – Attic Cable Installation

In an installation where your coaxial terminal is in the attic, the ideal way to run the cable into your wall receptacles would be through the center of your walls. 

But usually there are fire plates installed in this space, which prevent you from dropping cables through these wall spaces. 

The only workable alternative is to run the cables across the surface of the wall and use surface-type receptacles you can connect your cable to.

Step 4 – Basement Cable Installation

From the major terminal in your basement, run the cable through the ceiling and through the holes you have drilled in the ceiling joists.

 At the point where you want to run the cable to a wall receptacle, you can go up the outer surface of the wall and use surface receptacles, or go up through the hollow center of the wall and use recessed receptacles.

Step 5 – Gather the cable ends to the receptacles


Label both ends of each wire as you install it. Use room names or numbers to label these wires. 

This allows you to identify each cable and the receptacle to which it connects

Finally, connect the connectors to the ends of your far cables and connect near the ends of the cables to your cable terminal.


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