I've always done my own dish installs for myself, family and friends. I think I know where I need to put the dish(s) (it's been advised here that being in Washington state I'll probably need two dishes) but I'm not sure exactly how much height I need. I've got an existing heavy steel pipe (2 1/4" OD ) that was used for DirecWay internet access (not used any more). That pipe is about 6' high. That dish has a clear view of Horizon 127. So from that pole I'm pretty sure I can obviously get 129 and probably 119. But for the 110 sat. I'm pretty sure I'm pointing well into the garage. So I need more height than what the pole is (so it can peek over the garage). I'm thinking I can bolt a 10' or 12' 2x8 onto the existing pipe (that is very well concreted in!). The dish can then be mounted to that wood higher up than would be possible with just the pipe. I could nail 2x4's turned sideways and nailed to the back of the 2x8 to make it more ridged. Does this sound like a reasonable way to get more height out of an existing pipe? Also, when Dish says "free installation", do they usually do a site visit first (keeping it free). I'm not sure exactly how much height I need to get over the garage. I guess I can figure out how high the sat. is at 20' from the dish at 35 degrees elevation. But still, would be nice to have someone confirm it all before before doing it. Or do they usually come out expecting to be able to do the entire job on one visit? In other words, I better have this ready!