CARE OF CABLES AND CONNECTORS—DO'S AND DON'TS DO'S
DO keep connections clean and free from dirt.
DO color code or mark all cables that belong to a system and perhaps attach a list of accessory equipment items. This prevents loss.
DO keep a good stock of extension cables for power cords, microphone cables and video cameras.
DO keep a sufficient stock of adaptors handy for audio and video connections.
DO use the most expensive and best metal jacks and plugs you can buy when making your own plugs—i.e., AMPHENOL or SWITCHCRAFT.
DO NOT break a prong on a plug—the equipment will not work.
DO NOT bend the cables excessively. This will weaken the cable and tear the wires from the plug. Coil all wires in a 12 to 15-inch loop.
DO NOT drop a plug end on the floor, or step on the plugs. This will weaken and eventually break them.
DO NOT lose cables. Replacement cables are expensive and sometimes impossible to locate on short notice.
Replacement of Parts and Connectors
Occasionally a well-stocked TV-Radio store like Lafayette or Radio Shack will have some replacement video and audio connectors, but first try the local video distributor. Another option is to go directly to the video manufacturer's warehouse if there happens to be one nearby. You could also send for the part from the factory, but it may take weeks or months.
When you do attempt to replace a connector or a cable, be sure to take the item to be replaced with you or know the plug number or technical name, but even technical names are not specific enough sometimes due to the enormous variety. Verbally describing parts accurately is almost futile—"Well, you see, it has a little bulge about this big on the end that fits over this silver sleeve here..."
OR send for the catalog of "anything to anything" video and audio connectors, adaptors and accessories from: