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1. (WO2018017523) OPTICAL FIBER TERMINATION TOOL
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. An optical fiber termination tool comprising:

a tool base having a pocket to receive a mechanical splice optical fiber connector;

a lever hingedly connected to the tool base, the lever including a wedge; and

a slide mounted to the lever, the slide slidable relative to the lever, the slide movable from a first position to a second position to move the wedge from a disengaged position to an engaged position.

2. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 1 further comprising:

a pocket located in the base, the pocket configured to receive a mechanical splice optical fiber connector.

3. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 2 wherein:

the pocket is formed in a cradle configured for removable mounting to the base.

4. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 2 further comprising:

a stop formed on the base, the stop sized and positioned to prevent movement of the mechanical splice optical fiber connector in pocket.

5. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 2 wherein:

the slide includes a top and two side walls.

6. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 5 wherein:

an inside surface of each side wall includes a rib;

the lever includes grooves;

the ribs being positioned in the grooves to limit travel of the slide relative to the lever.

7. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 5 wherein:

an inside surface of each side wall includes a sloped finger;

the base includes notches;

wherein travel of the fingers through the notches moves the wedge towards the pocket.

8. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 2 further comprising:

a slidable fiber clamp on the base, the slidable fiber clamp slidable relative to the base to aid in forming a bow in an optical fiber mated with the mechanical splice optical fiber connector.

9. The optical fiber termination tool of claim 8 wherein:

the slidable fiber clamp includes a cover, the configured to be closable about the optical fiber.

10. A method for terminating an optical fiber to a mechanical splice optical fiber connector using an optical fiber termination tool comprising a tool base having a pocket to receive the mechanical splice optical fiber connector, a lever hingedly connected to the tool base, the lever including a wedge and a slide mounted to the lever, the slide slidable relative to the lever, the slide movable from a first position to a second position to move the wedge from a disengaged position to an engaged position, the method comprising:

moving the lever to an open position;

placing the mechanical splice optical fiber connector in the pocket;

moving the lever to a closed position;

moving the slide from the first position to the second position;

inserting an optical fiber into the mechanical splice optical fiber connector;

moving the slide from the second position to the first position; and

moving the lever to the open position.