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2 Inch galvanized fence post ,, where?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by john510, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Aug 7, 2013 #1 of 61
    john510

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    Installing a new DTV slimline dish concreted in the ground but cant find a 2 inch fence post most are larger or smaller ,, who carry's these?
     
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    pdxBeav

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    I tried getting a 2" fence post myself and what they call 2" is actually 1 7/8" OD. What I ended up doing was going with the 1 7/8" and then wrapping some galvanized flashing around the top. It wasn't easy and I had to be careful cutting the flashing (make sure to wear gloves.) But it works and has been solid for over a year.
     
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    Somehow my original post looked like a quote. No idea how that happened.

    The one I bought from Solid Signal works great, and has been in place in our Southwest Florida humidity for several years. I cemented it into the ground, and also used two brackets to attach the mast to the side of the house just below the Slimline dish. It has been rock solid ever since, despite at least two tropical storms.
     
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    You might try Habitat For Humanity or some other recycling place. They always have something you just can't do without.
     
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    jimmie57

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    Solid signal has their terminology wrong in the listing but it is what is required to mount the Slimline Dishes.

    Tubing is measured by the OD and a wall thickness. Solid signal is 2" OD tubing with an 18 gage wall.

    Pipe is theoretically measured on the ID using STD weight.
    A 1-1/2" pipe is 1.900" OD. A 2" pipe is 2.375" OD. This is why you have such a hard time finding it. It is possible to find some Aluminized exhaust pipe ( which is really tubing ) at a local muffler shop.

    If I were installing one I would want the galvanized one like Solid Signal has.
     
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    john510

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    Ok I was hoping to find it locally so I would not have to wait for it,, wanted to put it up this weekend.... Wonder if I can find it in conduit 'form at home depot?
     
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    peds48

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    for some reason this seems to be a "weird" size and home improvement stores tend not to carry it. Best place to try is a fence or muffler shops
     
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    jimmie57

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    I believe if you find Conduit with the proper OD that the wall thickness will not be enough to support the dish in any kind of wind blowing.
     
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    yes but if I fill it to the top with concrete?
     
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    That would certainly make a big difference for sure.
     
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    In northern areas, the pipes can get water in them and then freeze when it turns cold. This can damage the pipe. I always fill the pipe with concrete to prevent that.


    IANMTU:

    saw a DirecTV installer use a pipe that was too small for a KaKu and used Bishop tape to make the pipe large enough. The results were VERY predictable. Pixellation and macroblocking in a couple of weeks.
     
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    If you had to use a 1-1/2" pipe ( 1.900" OD ), a good filler is something called "Shim Stock". It is usually brass or stainless steel and comes in a roll. They have several thicknesses available. Lots of Auto Parts stores carry this material.
     
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    A couple of years ago I relocated my dish from the roof to the ground.
    I used a leftover corner fence post which was not quite 2" OD.
    I did the aluminum flashing wrap to bring it to 2: (2 wraps did it)
    It has been solid since.
     
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    Get 2" muffler pipe at Napa or a local auto parts store.
    Surprised no one else has mentioned it.
     
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    Perfect-10
     
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    Get 2" muffler pipe at Napa or a local auto parts store.
    Surprised no one else has mentioned it.
    see post #8 :righton:
     
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    This is what I did I took advice from here went to local auto parts store they had regular 2 inch muffler pipe and then a thicker wall aluminized pipe for 10 bucks more... fits real nice and will work great.. thanks for the advice here people , your great!
     
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    Excellent,
    thanks for the update. The thicker wall will be stronger and the aluminized will resist rust longer.
     
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    Ok put it in the ground about 3.5 feet one ft pounded and out of the ground about 3.5 feet filled with 3 - 80 lb bags of quickcreate cement mix and fill pole to top with cement... Nice and square, plumb as could be.. wait till it drys..

    here are some pics:
     

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