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I think my boyfriend is Stupid.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Mcap, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. SledgeHammer

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    I still like telling the story of when I got my dish installed in 2002 and the installer didn't have a 2 story ladder and none of his buddies did, so he DUCT TAPED 2 short ladders together. I was checking my insurance policy was paid up :icon_kiff.
     
  2. HoTat2

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    I've had to totem pole ladder sections to make a two story ladder to service my home on a couple of occasions. Used bailing wire in the first instance and just recently very heavy duty zip ties in the second.

    And these were still scary enough, so theres no way I would trust duct tape. :nono:
     
  3. ndole

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    Holy crap. Safety first guys.
     
  4. NR4P

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    Lets not overlook that satellite dishes can often be ground mounted or mounted on the side of the house with no ladder needed. So many folks overlook that its not an OTA antenna, height does not matter with the dish (assuming no tree or other obstructions).
     
  5. ndole

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    A lot of people don't get that. "I want that at the top of that antenna tower, where the old one is" is a type of phrase I heard occasionally when I did installations.

    You just can't fix stupid :lol::lol::lol:
     
  6. Groundhog45

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    They don't understand that they're getting a signal from a satellite that is probably 25,000 miles away and a few dozen feet more in elevation will make absolutely no difference in signal strength as long as the view is good.
     
  7. wallfishman

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    i say that very same thing probably twice a week. Im a big fan of not using ladder at all. less time, less wire, less work.
     
  8. HoTat2

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    Oh I'm aware of this;

    In fact my SL-5 dish is mounted above an eave only about 12 ft off the ground.

    My totem-poling of ladders mentioned earlier to service the house was actually for installing bird spikes on top of these decorative arms under the eaves near the roof's apex to prevent pigeons from roosting up there at night.

    The first light duty zip ties holding the spike strips were breaking due to weather deterioration and I was replacing them with heavy duty ones. :D
     
  9. SPACEMAKER

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    Agreed.
     
  10. Xsabresx

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    Because people are both logical and ignorant at the same time. Most TV transmitters are anywhere from 5 miles to 100 miles away. The higher the antenna the better signal. Logic would dictate that for satellite which is even farther away you need to be at least equally as high.

    Then the ignorance comes in because those same people have Sirius/XM and fail to realize their satellite radio signal is being picked up from about 6 feet off the ground by an antenna the size of a domino.
     
  11. Rich

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    I was an electrician when wire ties first came out. They do come in grades. The white ones are for indoor use and the black ones are for outdoor use. I'm talking about wire ties you purchase at reputable electrical suppliers, not the ties Walmarts and their ilk sell.

    Rich
     
  12. B.Parent1974

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    touche !
     
  13. wallfishman

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    so let me get this straight ... you were up on a ladder to replace broken zip ties, on 2 ladders joined together by zip ties.
     
  14. HoTat2

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    Yep;

    I used some of the heavy duty zip ties I bought (two large bags) to replace the light duty ones on the spike strips which were brittle and breaking to also join the ladder sections together.

    The only problem is these new heavy duty ties are black in color and the decorative arms they are wrapped around are painted in the house's trim of white enamel. So needless to say the aesthetics aren't very good.
     
  15. P Smith

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    Good topic - you can dump anything here without be off-topic ! :D
     
  16. trh

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  17. P Smith

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    first picture ! best one !
     
  18. carl6

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    Some good candidates for the Darwin award.
     

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