By Bob Catanzarite
Tools Chapter 1
Tools can be a major expense for you and you need to take this into account when deciding weather to Do this yourself. If you're lucky enough to be in a position to borrow these things from someone then you're one lucky $@^%$&@!%.
Here is a list of the tools that I bought.
Your needs may vary. I am assuming that you have the basic tools like hammers, screwdrivers, etc.
I'll briefly describe most of these tools below.
Harris 14D-10055-20 Punch Down Tool ($75)
Paladin Crimp Tool and Interchangeable Dies ($ varies)
The crimp tool with die for CAT5, CAT5e and CAT6 (RJ45)
You can buy ONE crimp tool and then separate dies for RJ45 and coax type-F. But you'll have to change dies to switch between the two connectors. The tool does makes it easy to switch dies. But, I chose to buy one crimp tool for RJ45 and a second crimp tool for coax type-F. This costs a little more but made the job a little easier.
I REALLY like this Paladin tool system. It is not an
expensive tool. I bought mine at Lowes Hardware. Here is a link to the
Look in the 'Coax
Cable' and 'Twisted
Pair Connector' sections for details.
Paladin Crimp Tool for Compression coax type-F connectors - 901024 ($40)
I also bought a Paladin crimp tool for the Compression type-F coax connectors that I started using later on in my project. The compression connectors take a different tool action than the crimp on types use so you can't use the 1300 crimp tool. If you stay with either the crimp on type or the compression type coax connectors you will only need ONE crimp tool for coax connectors. I bought mine at Lowes Hardware. Info at the Paladin website.