Stripping And Preparing Cable
Successful splicing or termination relies on first being able to expose the fibers completely and safely. If the installer cannot do this, splicing or termination is irrelevant.
Goal is to open cable and expose the fibers for splicing or termination without harming them. This involves stripping off the cable jacket, removing strength members and binders, and on OSP loose tube cables, cutting the tubes and removing gel if present.
Loose Tube cable prepared to be spliced
1. For loose tube cable, remove the jacket and strength members as required, just like with distribution cable. Reserve lengths to attach the cable to splice closures. Usually the central strength member is a hard fiberglass rod that is clamped to the closure just inside the cable entry.
2. Separate the tubes and clean them if necessary. Some cables are flooded with water-blocking gel that must be removed completely.
3. Use a small coax cable jacket cutter to score the outside of the tube.
4. Gently bend the tube over your thumb to crack the tube. If you did not score it enough, do it again
5. Pull the tube off the fibers gently to expose all the fibers
6. Use gel-removing pads to clean the fibers.You can also use alcohol pads or clean wipes. You will need about 1 meter of bare fiber and another meter of cleaned buffer tubes for a typical splice closure