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Change HDMI head

fortune 2,142 1,115 August 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
How do I replace HDMI head? I saw some youtube videos about HDMI crimping tool but I can't find anywhere. TIA!

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You want to replace the connector on an HDMI cable? Can't really be done; they aren't designed for user replacement. Cheaper to replace the cable. But there are crimpers available:
http://www.comprehensivecable.com...-Tool.html
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HDMI cables have 19 pins.. for comparison, an Ethernet cable only has 8, seems like a PITA, unless it's on some sort of $100 50ft cable, it wouldn't be worth it, especially if the cables aren't color-coded

P.S. - $125 for a crimper?
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HDMI cables have 19 pins.. for comparison, an Ethernet cable only has 8, seems like a PITA, unless it's on some sort of $100 50ft cable, it wouldn't be worth it, especially if the cables aren't color-coded

P.S. - $125 for a crimper?
hdmi is inside the wall
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hdmi is inside the wall
Use the old cable to pull through a new one. Replacement is really the best option. There is a good reason why people generally don't make their own HDMI/DVI cables. What happened to the original one?
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Use the old cable to pull through a new one. Replacement is really the best option. There is a good reason why people generally don't make their own HDMI/DVI cables. What happened to the original one?
Iagree Best solution...

The cable should have been terminated behind the wall, behind a wall plate, so how in the world to you cut the head off? Confused
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i am not sure if all the cables are the same, but i found this [blueechosolutions.com] talk about soldering the cable, I thought they use the crimping method too, before i saw this.

i have a broken cheap cable bought from ebay, cut the head open to see what's inside, it's really just soldered instead of crimping, and it only have 14 wires instead of the standard 19.

i had soldered a vga cable before, not the head, it's in the middle of the cable, twisted them then solder, i think this works better(better contacts) than just use solder in that little space of the head.
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i am not sure if all the cables are the same, but i found this [blueechosolutions.com] talk about soldering the cable, I thought they use the crimping method too, before i saw this.

i have a broken cheap cable bought from ebay, cut the head open to see what's inside, it's really just soldered instead of crimping, and it only have 14 wires instead of the standard 19.

i had soldered a vga cable before, not the head, it's in the middle of the cable, twisted them then solder, i think this works better(better contacts) than just use solder in that little space of the head.
Ya that is interesting. What you say about the VGA is very true. However this would not be a good project for someone to learn to solder on. Experience is key. You also might change the impedence of the cable causing sync issues. I think by the time you buy a repair kit and or tool you will be well over the cost of 5-6 new cables assuming this is not a super long run. Using the old cable to pull the new is still the best option, cant beat Monoprice.
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I'll have to break the wall and moldings to get it replaced and I can't pull it out. The problem is most likely my cable is 26AWG and for blueechosolutions.com method I need 28AWG HDMI cable.
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I'll have to break the wall and moldings to get it replaced and I can't pull it out. The problem is most likely my cable is 26AWG and for blueechosolutions.com method I need 28AWG HDMI cable.
How far of a run are you talking about and why cant you pull it out?
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I'm more than a bit concerned about the installation if the removal of the the cable would require you to "break the wall and moldings". Can provide more detail about the installation? Who did it you/builder/previous owner? How long is the run? Does the cable go to a wall plate or just out of a hole in the wall? Did some fool staple the cable in the wall?! Why on earth would replacement require breaking things?

I really don't like your odds of successfully crimping or otherwise re-terminating the cable. HDMI uses pretty high speed signals and cable termination on something like that is a pretty difficult thing.

Worst case you could remove the hdmi cable, and use a STP CAT-6a (special ethernet cables) based extender. It should be easier to run Cat-6a than HDMI.
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data cables like HDMI should be run through a conduit, not stapled - it should be easy to pull out, but before you pull it out you should tie a string to the other end so you don't lose the connection

26 AWG cable is thicker and better than 28 AWG cable, it shouldn't be an issue if you use 26 instead of 28
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data cables like HDMI should be run through a conduit, not stapled - it should be easy to pull out, but before you pull it out you should tie a string to the other end so you don't lose the connection
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26 AWG cable is thicker and better than 28 AWG cable, it shouldn't be an issue if you use 26 instead of 28
If they're trying to use a special crimper to re-terminate an hdmi cable it would matter and using a different gauge probably wouldn't work.

From where I stand, you're wasting a while lot of time and money trying repair this cable. Replacing it will almost certainly cost less and function better.
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If they're trying to use a special crimper to re-terminate an hdmi cable it would matter and using a different gauge probably wouldn't work.
ah that could be a problem, but usually the extra thickness is compensated for by a thinner plastic around the wire (or just using a glaze or similar)

but still, the crimper tool costs $125 itself - you can pretty much pay someone to open up your drywall and do it right with that money
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