Unit 8 Exercise 1 Mechanical Splice of Fiber Optic Cable
First step is to remove the mechanical splice from its packaging and place it in the assembly tool. Second step is to strip the outer layer from the Fiber Optic Cable with a stripping tool. Third step is to clean the Fiber Optic Cable with an Isopropyl Alcohol Solution and lint free wipes. If it squeaks it is clean, though it’s not necessary to keep wiping until you hear a squeak. *Because the glass filament that is the Fiber Optic Cable is so tiny, and can easily puncture skin, it is recommended to use a piece of tape (electrical tape works very well) wrapped backwards and attached to itself in a loop and set near you on the table to carefully place any pieces of the Fiber Optic Cable that you cleave. Fourth step is to place the Fiber Optic Cable in the cleaver to the specified length. *Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the other Fiber Optic Cable.
Fifth step is placing the Fiber Optic Cable into the Mechanical Splice. Push it in until it stops. And do this for both Fiber Optic Cables.
Step Six, once both cable are in the Mechanical Splice and clamped into the clamps on either end, with a small hump between the clamp and the Mechanical Splice, pivot the handle down on the splicing tool until it contacts the top of the splice, then squeeze the tool handle to complete the assembly and lock the splices into place. Step Seven, remove the spliced fibers from the clamping mechanism and then from the tool.
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