This article covers the typical steps required to re-terminate a damaged premade fiber optic cable. The actual steps may vary depending on the cable and/or connectors.
Damage to premade cables typically occurs when too much pull-force is applied during installation, the cable is snagged and kinked, and/or the cable is accidentally cut.
The equipment used in this article are:
Step 1: Use the kevlar sheers to cut the fiber optic cable at the point of damage creating a clean working edge. Slide the connector boot onto the fiber.
Step 2: Use the three-hole jacket stripper to strip back approximately 2 inches (50mm) of the outer cable jacket, exposing the internal fiber strands.
Step 3: Separate the internal yarn from the fiber strand. Use the three-hole jacket stripper to remove the inner strand coating. Follow the connector's instructions for recommended strip length.
Step 4: Cleave the fiber to length using your precision cleaver. Follow the connector's instructions for recommended cleave length.
Step 5: Clean any impurities from the fiber strand using an alcohol wipe.
Step 6: Insert the fiber strand into the connector and slide the locking tab closed. A visual fault locator may be used to show if the fiber is completely and properly seated within the connector.
Step 7: Screw the connector boot onto the connector and trim any exposed yarn. Ideally, re-terminated connectors should be tested using a visual fault locator and/or fiber optic meter.