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Old 11-16-2021, 07:18 AM   #41
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Tape it up roll on!
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Let the rodents eat the rest of the cable, throw the television out and enjoy the great outdoors.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:07 AM   #43
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It was definitely a rat. It caused some other issues and I haven’t checked the ductwork yet. 🙄
This coax connects to the roof top satellite dish. The chewed sections will be inside so no worry about water but it will be a pain to redo if it ends up I have to. I have good quality connectors but I’m not sure about the quality of my couplings.
The cable also carries power to the sat dish so the braid shield is necessary to carry the power. As long as most of it is still intact it should still work. If you have enough slack cutting out the bad section, installing connectors and connecting with a barrel connector would repair it completely.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:48 AM   #44
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The only way I would even try to replace this cable is it was messing up the tv show I was watching. The couple of milliamps that it may use is no big deal. Check your OCD and roll on tape it up kill the rat/mouse.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:59 AM   #45
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I would splice it, it is acting like a big antenna right now. I would use good quality ends and a barrel connector.
That's the only way to fix it correctly, and you won't have any more problems. Do it right and you'll be done.
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:10 AM   #46
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The only way I would even try to replace this cable is it was messing up the tv show I was watching. The couple of milliamps that it may use is no big deal. Check your OCD and roll on tape it up kill the rat/mouse.
You won't need to replace the cable.
Just cut out the bad section out, put proper connectors on the ends and make or buy a short jumper piece to connect in.
Yes, you will end up with two added connector sets but that small additional loss is nothing compared to the problems that can occur when you damage the shield.

Most people don't understand that coax cable at these frequencies acts as a waveguide. The shield is an integral part of the wave guide. Behaves very differently than a pair of wires for DC or AC power.
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The outer braided wires are the ground wires. Plenty left. Foil duct tape then electric tape. No worries!
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Joe I'm a retired comms guy. Navy subs and Marine transport. The poster just wants to watch cable tv. He's not sending TS mail lol.
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Joe I'm a retired comms guy.. The poster just wants to watch cable tv. lol.

Thank you, you'd think a rocket launch was dependent on that 25' piece of cable.
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Old 11-16-2021, 02:05 PM   #51
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Thank you, you'd think a rocket launch was dependent on that 25' piece of cable.
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Joe I'm a retired comms guy. Navy subs and Marine transport. The poster just wants to watch cable tv. He's not sending TS mail lol.
He said it was from a satellite receiver.
IF (intermediate frequency) is from about 900 MHz to 2 GHz.
If it was cable or off air it could run up to 900 MHz.
If you want the best chances of pulling in those fringe signals at the campsite, cut and splice in a good section.
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Here's a question. If you were going to pay a professional to fix it, and you inspected their work and found that they wrapped foil around it and covered it in tape, would you consider that to be a professional repair that you would pay someone to do? If I were going to pay a professional to do it (and I was a professional CATV lineman from 1984 to 1988 and have installed or repaired thousands of house drops) I would expect to see 1 of 2 repairs:

1. Entire cable replaced. or
2. Bad cable cut out. If there wasn't enough slack in the run for a single splice, then a new section of cable spliced in. The splice(s) would be waterproof compression type F-fittings with a barrel splice, tightened with a wrench, and if it was outside subjected to the weather than I would expect to see shrink tubing over the splices.

That would be the only two professional ways of repairing it. Whether you want a repair that will get you by - or you want a professional repair - it's up to you.
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It's not comms it's just TV. Don't worry about little stuff. But if it's dish that will come out and fix anything you want for a small fee. If you have the repair thing on your bill it's free. If your just watching TV so what!
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