Far too often, homeowners neglect to securely fasten cables when installing satellite dishes atop their homes. If installed incorrectly without coaxial cable clips loose coax can pull free, disrupting the connection between dish and TV box, and they can even cause damage to the equipment itself.
During satellite TV installation, Coaxial Cable Clips are a cheap yet effective way to tuck cables neatly away, ensuring that they don’t hang loosely off the side of the house.
Coaxial Cable Clips – Different Types Available
All Cable clips are all basically the same except coaxial cable clips are rounded to cater for the shape of RG6 Coax cable. These small plastic clip clamps down on the cable and are secured with a nail or screw. They typically come in packs of somewhere between 50 or 100, so a single pack should be sufficient for any satellite TV installation.
The u-shaped coaxial cable clips hold a single cable firmly against the wall, but they have to be pulled completely off to remove cables.
However, these Self-Adhesive Clips don’t stand up too well under the elements, they work best when securing satellite TV cables inside. Self-adhesive coaxial cable clips also feature reusable clamps, allowing homeowners to replace, add, or remove cables after installation as necessary.
Most exterior coaxial cable clips can only be fastened with either a nail or a screw. While slightly more expensive, screw fit coaxial cable clips like the Grip-Clip Single Cable Mounting Clip offer superior strength and durability, a huge benefit when installing a satellite dish on top of a two or three story house.
Nail clips usually work fine, but strong winds or other types of severe weather can pull them loose.
Screws also allow homeowners to easily relocate them to different positions if they aren’t satisfied with the results. On the other hand, nails usually bend while getting pulled out, rendering the entire clip worthless. However, a single wasted cable clip isn’t too great a loss considering that they only cost 3 or 4 cents each.
Homeowners will want to match their clips to their cables, but they can also run the cables along house corners and disguise them using a Wiremold CMK50 CordMate II Cord Cover Kit to minimize their appearance.
A cable running straight down from roof to ground can appear garish, but with a little planning, the coax and cable clips will be barely visible. Homeowners should run the cable to the edge of the roof, secure it to the underside of any overhang, and run it to the nearest corner, where the house’s natural edge will hide the cable from view.