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Old 04-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Do NOT break the end off your HDMI TV cable!

HDMI connectors do break fairly easy, and their is no way to repair them once broken ( they have 19 micro wires in them ) I unfortunately broke the end off while moving the satellite receiver, and the nightmare began! First off their is no way to pull a new wire using the existing cable. Entegra tapes the wire bundles in the wall, and its impossible to pull a wire with a new end through the bundle. With no way to pull the cable, I decided to make a new hole in the cabinet and fish a cable down the wall next to the existing bundle. NOT, Entegra puts foam insulation between the exterior wall and the cabinet wall so punching a hole through the cabinet will only exposes the foam board insulation. That was strike Two. The only solution for running a cable was drilling a hole through the wood under the window, and running the cable behind the window valance. I then ran the cable through the bottom of the upper cabinet to the satellite reciever. Getting the cable to the TV was easy! Getting the cable into the cabinet was a nightmare, and it requires drilling holes in the nice Amish woodwork. The frustrating part was the short cable length in the cabinet, since I found at least 10 feet of excess cable coiled up near the tv. Had II been able to pull some of that excess into the cabinet, I would have never broken the end off.

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That's a common issue in RVs whenever you have a unit, such as a satellite receiver or DVR, that you plug and unplug frequently if moving between the RV and house. It can also be a problem because the bouncing of an RV when travelling also creates stress on the cable connection. You can get HDMI "cable savers", which are 6" long male to female HDMI cables. Attach them to the end of your long fixed cables and they will take the abuse rather than your expensive long cable that's imbedded into the coach structure. Apply a little electrical tape on the connection to ensure they stay connected.
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HDMI connectors do break fairly easy, and their is no way to repair them once broken ( they have 19 micro wires in them ) I unfortunately broke the end off while moving the satellite receiver, and the nightmare began! First off their is no way to pull a new wire using the existing cable. Entegra tapes the wire bundles in the wall, and its impossible to pull a wire with a new end through the bundle. With no way to pull the cable, I decided to make a new hole in the cabinet and fish a cable down the wall next to the existing bundle. NOT, Entegra puts foam insulation between the exterior wall and the cabinet wall so punching a hole through the cabinet will only exposes the foam board insulation. That was strike Two. The only solution for running a cable was drilling a hole through the wood under the window, and running the cable behind the window valance. I then ran the cable through the bottom of the upper cabinet to the satellite reciever. Getting the cable to the TV was easy! Getting the cable into the cabinet was a nightmare, and it requires drilling holes in the nice Amish woodwork. The frustrating part was the short cable length in the cabinet, since I found at least 10 feet of excess cable coiled up near the tv. Had II been able to pull some of that excess into the cabinet, I would have never broken the end off.

You have been warned....
Another good reason for not having a TV and only reading (paper) books!
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