The first step is to snip and trim the broken ends of the cables that you want to connect. It’s easier to work with a clean surface, and you’ll end up with a better connection as well. Next, carefully cut a slit around the cables, about ½ – 1 inch below the ends, and keep cutting through the insulation until you reach the wire. Carefully trim off the insulation, sheath and mesh so that only the wire is exposed.
Next, make another cut through the insulation about ½ inch below the exposed wire, but make it just deep enough to remove the outer coating while leaving the sheath and mesh intact. Fold any mesh that remains down over the insulation below the cut line.
Attaching the Connectors
You will need at least one twist-on female cable connector, as well as a male adapter, depending on how you decide to repair and splice the cables. The basic idea is to attach the male adapter to the end that leads to the source while the female adapter attaches to the end that leads to the device. If you’re not adding additional cable between the two segments, then this simple connection will do the trick.
However, if you need to make a bridge, the easiest thing to do is attach males to either end of the broken cable before attaching females to the ends of the cable that will join them together. If you’re fortunate to have a “bridge” cable that already has the male connectors on either end, then you just need to slide and press them over the ends of the males and you should be good to go. Consider covering the connections with some tape when finished in order to give them some additional protection.
You can also make a less-secure connection by cutting through the material on either end of the cable until 1 inch of wire is exposed. Pull back any pieces of mesh that may remain before twisting the wires from both ends together. Cover the exposed area with some electrical or duct tape, but make sure that the mesh is secured down and away from the wire, otherwise any stray pieces that come into contact with the copper will cause interference with the signal.
However, this method is far from perfect, and the signal you receive after connecting your device may be intermittent, weak or unstable. You may need keep making adjustments to the “twist” of the wires until you get a signal that is as clear as possible before taping everything together.
All you need to do now is place the cables in a secure spot where they will remain undisturbed and shielded from the elements. Try these techniques for yourself, and see how easy it is to make repairs and get re-connected. You never know when you will run into a situation where you can put this skill to use, but you’ll be glad that you did if that time comes.