How do I get the plug off the end of the TV cable?

vroom6sri

Standard Member
I thought it best to start a new thread for my question in case someone else needs the specific information I am requesting.
Basically I need to re-route the cable our Virgin TV signal comes down from one side of the room to the other. Unfortunately the wire currently goes through the old fire place and out of the other side. I can pull the cable through but I know the plug on the end will not fit through the holes even if I remove the screw-on connector that connects the plug to the back of the Virgin box. How do I get the plug off so it leaves just the wire and are there any dangers with doing this? It looks simple enough to me if I could just figure out how to get the plug off. I've managed to unscrew part of it but the part that remains on the cable seems stuck fast no matter how much I pull and twist!
Thanks in advance for any help!
 

WGLOVER

Active Member
You have to cut the plug off, prepare the end and fit a new connector.
I bought mine from B&Q, and it screws back on. If your cable is like mine, it is filled with some sticky sealant which needs wiping. Easy to do.
 

Tkrockeruk

Member
I pulled mine off with pliers, whilst standing on the wire. Mind not falling backwards though when it pops off.

I will come off though, just give it some.:thumbsup:
 

vroom6sri

Standard Member
WGLOVER - Thanks for the info. I hadn't thought about buying a new one. I had it in my head that these were specialist, get-it-from-Virgin-only plugs but I suppose when you look at the cable it's just a simple enough coax.

Tkrockeruk - Thanks for the advice. Is the plug re-useable once you've got it off? What on earth makes it stick so much?
 

WGLOVER

Active Member
WGLOVER - Thanks for the info. I hadn't thought about buying a new one. I had it in my head that these were specialist, get-it-from-Virgin-only plugs but I suppose when you look at the cable it's just a simple enough coax.

Tkrockeruk - Thanks for the advice. Is the plug re-useable once you've got it off? What on earth makes it stick so much?
I didn't bother to force the existing plug off, as I already had the correct replacement to hand. I felt that the force required to get it off would cause damage anyway. It could be it is like those push on pipe fittings, once off, and not damaged, you can push it on again. A new plug is quite cheap, and I think you can get them at Wilkinsons and Maplins as well as B&Q.
The cable is not the same as the stuff used on TV aerials, but for satellite or cable connections. I got some to connect my Freesat from B&Q.
 

vroom6sri

Standard Member
Thanks for all the help folks. Cable disconnected, moved and reconnected without any bother. As straight forward as you made it sound so if anyone else is thinking of doing the same don't be worried. It's simple.
 

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