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Apartment Install Issue

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by soetart, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    So they don't mind the dish falling and killing someone, just so long as it doesn't take the railing with them. Sometimes, I wonder if people hear themselves speak...

    I think dave and carl have the best suggestions.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Because the dish is his property, but railing is not ! moohahah ...
     
  3. soetart

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    The problem with a non penetrating mount is that the balcony is only about 5.5 feet deep so a 36" x 36" mount would take up a LARGE amount of space on a deck that is only 11' x 5.5' to begin with and already contains a table and chairs.

    Moving the mount back to be fully compliant with OTARD would pretty much put the thing right up against my door.

    Anyone know of a lower profile NPM that could accmodate a slimline?
    Bill
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    a 5 gal bucket filled with concrete. :lol:
     
  5. soetart

    soetart AllStar

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    Stop laughing! ;-) That's one of my apartment complexes preferred solutions.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    There *is* a solution.

    - Tripod with 2" mast (try Solid Signal)
    - A 2' square of plywood.
    - A number of *solid* blocks from Home Depot for ballast.

    Bolt the feet of the tripod to the plywood using carriage bolts with the heads on the bottom. Add blocks until it is solid. The plywood strengthens the tripod and greatly increases the surface area and friction of the base, and gives a mounting platform for the blocks.

    This only takes up half the space or less of a non-pen mount, and can still let some of the dish hang over the balcony railing, since they don't seem to have a problem with that. And it's solid and reliable, but won't let your dish fall off the balcony. Just make sure to use some decent-sized washers on both sides of the carriage bolts.
     
  7. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    That's always a great option for those that have limited space or can't use cement. The only thing I'd add to that recommendation is to place some sort of rubber mat between the plywood and the porch. Those carriage bolt heads are all that will be touching the porch material. They don't "grab" the floor very well, and they'll probably scratch the floor material up when they move around.
     
  8. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    Tripods are out a tech wouldn't touch it if there was a problem. You could get a non pen mount like this http://www.amazon.com/Non-Penetrating-Roof-Mount-satellite/dp/B003L1BCCK or similiar.
     
  9. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Or a 50 gal drum :D
     
  10. Mike500

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    You don't need a special and expensive tripod with a 2 inch mast from Solid Signal.

    My friend markets an adapter that easily converts a standard 1-5/8" chain link fence line pole to actual 2 inch. The 1-5/8 inch pole fits in a standard tripod that can be had from Radio Shack or anywhere that sell them.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150561215904&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
     
  11. Shades228

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    Again tri-pods are no longer considered an approved method of installation. This can result in technicians refusing to do jobs if they cannot mount it on an approved method. If you're going DIY there's also no reason to buy your friends adapter when there are cheaper ways to do it.
     
  12. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    That's called a sleeve. And it's an adaptation that only hack installers use.
     
  13. matt

    matt New Member

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    The listing clearly says "The adapter is not the Makeshift HACK JOB adapter commonly done by some installers. It has been carefully engineered from the selection of the material, the design and determination of the most advantageous dimensions, careful control in fabrication, and the design of the process to allow ease of use. It is easy to place on the old pole. It stays in place by itself. And, it provides consistent results. Unlike cobbled together wobbly adapters, placing this adapter on a perfectly plumbed pole will provide a perfectly plumbed two inch actual pole. If the resulting pole is not perfectly plumb, swinging the azimuth of the dish from side to side will change both the tilt and elevation settings. This adapter eliminates the frustrating dilemma."

    and

    "I am a professional installer and use a regular 1-5/8" inch chain link fence line post from Home Depot."

    and

    "If you are getting all three satellites on a current three lnb Plase III elliptical dish, have this adapter ready when the DirecTV installer comes, and that's all you need to have your new HD dish installed in the same place as the old one. He won't mind, since it is a time saver for him, too."
     
  14. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    !rolling
     
  15. Doug Brott

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    I'd say the non-pentrating mount looks like the best option. It can be place in almost the same location as it is now from what I can see. You will lose a little bit of the patio area @ floor level, but your landlords should be happy.
     

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