I just ordered some of the subject material to make component video cables with as I have to pass them through a rather narrow conduit and preassembled cables would not go through and soldering is not for me. I would assemble the connectors after the cables emerge from the conduit. However, due to the limited number of cables I will make, I did not spring for the special and expensive Canare tools and instead have a Radio Shack crimper (catnum 278-238). I think this is ok for crimping the cable itself (it also has a die for .068" in addition to the RG6 die; could I use this for the pin itself?) I am now up to my 8th wasted plug. It is getting expensive so would appreciate some help from those who have tried and succeeded after some failed attempts. I am stripping (with a knife) to the apparent lengths the cable as shown in this website: bus.ucf.edu/cwhite/theater/DIYCable (add www to the beginning and .htm to the end of this 'url') but still get non-working cable. I will try crimping the pin next but hopefully will hear from some of you first to learn what else I may be doing wrong. Yes, I know I should be using Canare tools. Apart from that is what I mean. Thanks everyone.