By Bob Catanzarite
Tools Chapter 2
CATx Cable Stripper - Paladin AM12 ($20)
Coax Cable Stripper (~$20)
I couldn't find a picture of the coax stripper that I bought so shown above is one of the MANY model available. You really need one of these for a job with several coax cables to strip and crimp. You can buy this one at Home Tech.
Cable Cutter - Klein 63028 ($25)
A cable cutter like the one shown above is optional. It makes for cleaner and easier cuts in the larger diameter cables you'll be using. It is made specially for thick cables. Nice! I bough mine at Lowes Hardware. Info at the Klein website.
LAN Cable Tester - Belkin F4F315-T ($90)
This is optional as well. The better you are at handling, stripping, punching down and crimping CATx cables the less you will need one of these. If your a beginner this tool will make the task of finding the mistakes that you WILL make easier. Info at the Belkin website.
Hook and Pick Set - Kobalt 101787 ($6)
This tool is optional but is a great aid is removing shields from coax cable, separating and moving twisted pair wires, aligning twisted pair wires onto the IDC terminals of jacks and getting those really stubborn buggers. I bought mine at Lowes hardware.
Coax Connector Wrench - Thomas & Betts TH-SSTSNS ($25)
This tool is optional but makes it a lot easier to twist on the coax type-F connecters in tight quarters and places where you can't see well. Buy at Home Tech.