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Handling precautions during shipping, storage and assembly should include a weather protective shipping container, protective packing of loose parts, temporary storage in a mild and clean environment (possibly wrapped or placed in plastic bags), and proper tooling for final assembly and coupling (special, soft surface pliers are an available coupling tool). The assembled un-mated connector should be handled with reasonable care to prevent damage to the contacts and/or contamination of contact surfaces and/or threaded couplings, as applicable.  Protective end caps are usually available and often supplied with the connector.