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Do I receive the award for worst DTV install in the nation?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Xstation, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Xstation

    Xstation Cool Member

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    This must be the most hazardous install ever done by an installer, right?

    I'm thinking of fixing this soon before the rainy season arrives, but if I were to leave it like this, what are chances of equipment/multi-switch damage from rain? This was done about 7 months ago. Previously I had an old 3 LNB dish with no multiswitch.
     

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  2. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

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    7 months and that thing still works!? :eek2:

    Yeah, email those pictures to someone that matters at DirecTV and you should get a free service call... but then again it has been 7 months so maybe not.
     
  3. Grentz

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    Obviously not the worst if it has lasted 7 months just fine ;)

    Not very good though, the risk would be water running down the lines and into the multiswitch thus potentially causing damage. Also looks like you could use some monopoles on the dish to keep it steady and keep it from drifting.

    I would get it fixed so you dont have problems down the road.
     
  4. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

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    I would be more concerned with roof damage when the first good gust of wind rips the mounting foot from your roof. With out the extra braces, mono-poles, it can't be very secure. I would surely get the multi-switch off of the roof and out of the weather.
     
  5. PicaKing

    PicaKing Godfather

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    My install looks almost exactly like that--multiswitch lying on the roof, been rained on, buried under ice and snow; and no monopoles. It's been fine for over a year.
     
  6. 2dogz

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    Just to pile on:
    1. I don't see any grounding wire to dish.
    2. That white cable may or may not be UV protected. Look for the letters UV printed on it. Usually only black cable is rated for UV (outdoor) use.
    3. You're right, it sucks.
     
  7. Greg Alsobrook

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    Wow! Now that is custom! :lol:
     
  8. firefighter4evr

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    OMG...... i have seen self installs that look a heck of alot better than that:nono:
     
  9. BattleZone

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    Problems:

    - Mounted over the living space (BIG NO-NO!)
    - No support poles (instant QC fail and an invitation to many problems)
    - Cables run across roof (another No-No as debris can build up and hold water on the roof, among other things).
    - Switch totally exposed to the elements
    - Not grounded, not even an attempt.
    - Crimp-on and even twist-on fittings used, OUTSIDE!
    - Switch not mounted
    - No drip/service loops
    - Switch connectors pointed up (will collect water)
    - AT9 dish should NOT have been installed 7 months ago; should have been Slimline

    I would definitely be talking to DirecTV.

    However, I've seen worse. Much worse.
     
  10. dave29

    dave29 New Member

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    holy $h*t, all i say is wow. how can anyone leave a job like that and sleep at night
     
  11. ImBack234

    ImBack234 Godfather

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    Did you install it yourself?:eek2:
    At least he/she sealed the screws.:rolleyes:
    Also who the hell would use white cables on a dark roof.
     
  12. Bill C

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    Not only do you haveto be concerned about the multi switch being damaged by
    moisture ingress, but you might want to be concerned about the fact that the dish
    is mounted over a living space on the roof, and probably not secured to a rafter,
    and with no mono poles, a sudden high wind gust could tear that dish out of the
    roof.
     
  13. ncpsd60

    ncpsd60 New Member

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    They could hav!e at least given you the Slimline
     
  14. todbnla

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    Wow, I thought my E* install was horrid, yours beats mine.
     
  15. Xstation

    Xstation Cool Member

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    No I didn't do the install myself. Unfortunately, I wasn't at home when the tech arrived to do his "work". I'm going to email directv the pics and see if they send a tech out free of charge as tcusta00 suggested, and if they are unwilling to, I guess I will have to do it myself.

    Yes it still works after 7 months :eek2:
     
  16. thespaceghost

    thespaceghost Legend

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    Whats wrong with it? It works, right?

    You weren't home when the installation took place??
     
  17. wheel

    wheel New Member

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    I just had an install done and they used white cable outside - it is DirecTV RG-6 75 OHM High Performance 3.0 GHZ Digital Cable 18AWG CATV/CL2 E232510 (UL) CM Perfect Vision 80SC - is this OK for an outside installtion. If it matters, I am in Northern CA. The runs go from the dish right to each HR22 DVR unit. Thanks
     
  18. waterdragon

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    The cable that we are supplied with at the warehouse is white. We only get black cable if it is requested, usually because the house is dark natural wood. We also only get the white zip ties which are also do not hold up under the sun for more than a season.

    Before we all knock that install tech we have to look on the good side of the install. At least he put some roofing compound on it.

    I would not add monopoles to it if I came out to fix it. They would just add more holes in the roof. I would relocate the dish (then add the monopoles). I have had to do that more than once. One thing I do is to let the customer know the proplem and tell them that I am not going to remove the foot from the roof because I am not going to be the one to cause any leaks and I am not a roofer.
     
  19. 2dogz

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    Perfect Vision is an importer/distributor that generally has a very good product line. The E number tells you that the cable is imported, probably from China. You can google the E number and it might bring you to the manufacturer, but I've found very little information about the cable on their sites. Probably better to ask Perfect Vision directly about UV rating.
     
  20. gen2rx7

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    We only have black cable here, we are in Nor Cal, in the 2 yrs I have worked here we only have gotten white cable once, and that was an ordering mistake.
     

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