How to Loosen a Coaxial Cable Nut



How to Unscrew a Coaxial Cable From Audiovisual Equipment

Steps

  1. Face the connection head-on.Reaching around the back of the TV or cable box is going to make disconnection of a cable much more difficult. Turn the equipment in question to face you, if need be.
  2. Remember to rotate the connector in a counter-clockwise direction to loosen.
  3. Use your hands if at all possible.Tools make it very easy to damage the connection port that is attached to the equipment.
  4. If you must use tools, try to find a coaxial cable wrench.This looks something like a 3 to 4 inch (7.6 to 10.2 cm) octagonal pipe with one side missing. The gap allows you to surround the cable and connector entirely, and unscrew the cable with very little mechanical advantage (i.e. it uses less force and is less likely to damage equipment).
  5. If you can't find a coax wrench, the next best option is a pair of small slip-joint pliers (i.e."channel-locks"). Use one to grasp the base of the connector and prevent it from moving while the other is used to unscrew the cable. Use other types of pliers as a last resort.

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    Are there any cautions when disconnecting it?
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    No. As long as all the equipment is turned off and unplugged, there is no risk of electrical shock or any other injuries.
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  • I tightened the cable too much and now cannot back it out. What can I do?
  • Is the coaxial cable the only one that unscrews?
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  • Your local cable TV service guy should have a coaxial wrench in his toolbox. If you can get the cable company there to help you, that may be your best option if your fingers won't cut it.
  • Rule out other problems before taking drastic measures. Check all other connections, test other devices to be sure they have similar issues, etc.
  • When installing equipment, the connections need to be tight, but do not overtighten them. This will prevent damage in the first place, and save headaches later.

Warnings

  • If you do decide to open equipment to perform repairs, let it sit for at least a day before opening. Televisions, especially, have capacitors that will hold a charge for many hours, and it can kill you if discharged into your body.
  • Excessive force will damage the connector, and short of opening the equipment and soldering it back on, there's no way to fix it on your own.





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