Fiber optic cable is sensitive to movement and can be easily damaged.
Disturbing a "live" (carrying live traffic) cable can disrupt the signal.
So when working on densely populated fiber patch panels, specially designed connector insert and extract tools can be a big help.
There are several universal fiber optic connector removal tools on the market.
They can be used on SC, LC, MTRJ, MU connectors.
Skinny Fingers and FOCUS connector removal tool are two of the best among them.
SC and LC connector removal tools are designed for servicing high-density fiber optic patch panels in central office, Fiber to the Premise (FTTP), and Outside Plant (OSP) applications.
Focus LC connector removal tool makes it easy to insert and remove small-form-factor (SFF) fiber connectors.
They can do this without even disturbing adjacent connectors.
Here is a detailed step by step instruction on how to remove an LC connector with FOCUS tool.
1) Locate the light switch on the back end of the tool.
The switch is round and blue, with the word "On/Off" imprinted on it.
Turn the light on by depressing and releasing the On/Off switch.
2) Note that the tool's jaws have yellow tips with ridges on the inside.
One tip is square, and the other tip is notched.
3) Grasp the tool in the palm of one hand, with the light switch toward your wrist and your thumb centered on one of the jaws.
4) Note that the LC connector has a body and a cable boot that extends from the body.
The boot protects the delicate end of the cable and must be handled with care.
On one side of the body is a latch that protrudes from the body.
This latch locks the connector in place on the panel port.
5) Close the jaws of the tool slightly by applying pressure with your thumb, and carefully guide the tool through the enclosure toward the connector to be removed.
Be sure to avoid disturbing any of the other connectors or cables as you insert the tool into the panel area.
6) Rotate your wrist such that the tool jaw with the square tip will close over the latch on the connector.
Be sure that the jaws' tips will close on the connector body and not the cable boot.
Center the tips on the connector body, so that they do not extend over its sides.
7) Now, close the tool's jaws on the connector body by applying more pressure with your thumb.
Apply sufficient pressure to grip the connector firmly and release the latch from the port.
8) Keeping the tool perpendicular (at a 90 degree angle) to the panel, pull the connector straight back and out of the port.
9) Guide the connector and its attached cable carefully out of the enclosure, being careful not to disturb other connectors or cables.
10) Remove the connector from the tool by releasing your thumb's pressure on the jaws.
11) Turn the light off by depressing and releasing the On/Off switch.