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Old 13-03-2015, 10:41   #1
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Heat shrink

What size heat shrink do y'all find works best over 213cable and connectors?
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Re: Heat shrink

John,

A general rule of thumb is to get heat shrink that is twice the diameter of the final shrunken diameter. So measure your 213 cable and then double it and you should be fine.

If you are doing this to a coax connection that will be outside you have to do more than use heat shrink. This stuff is cheap and works pretty well:

Coax Seal, weatherproof, STUF, Cold Shrink Tape
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Re: Heat shrink

And be sure to use adhesive heat shrink.

A good source is: Buy Heat Shrink Tubing, Braided Wire Sleeving, Cable ties and More

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Re: Heat shrink

Adhesive shrink isn't much help in outdoor coax installations. The stuff I linked above is much better. The cell tower people use it so it must work.
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Re: Heat shrink

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Adhesive shrink isn't much help in outdoor coax installations. The stuff I linked above is much better. The cell tower people use it so it must work.
Yes, but....

If you put it on correctly, it DOES in fact work very well for outdoor installations. I've used it for many years on the water and ashore.

And, it should IMHO be used for ALL coax terminations, outdoor or not. In addition to making a nice seal, it helps to stabilize the coax within the PL-259 so it can't turn, especially with smaller coax like RG-8x, RG-58, etc.

However, I agree that the stuff you referenced works very well.

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