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Question about changing pole mount to Slimline

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by TITAN_53, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Aug 8, 2010 #1 of 13
    TITAN_53

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    Waiting for a dish upgrade for my parents. They had Primestar and then switched to Directv and the dish was mounted to the old Primestar pole. Can the Slimline mount to the pole the same way the SD dish is now or am I going to have to set a new 2" OD pole?
     

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  2. Aug 8, 2010 #2 of 13
    matt

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    Wow :eek:

    If you take that monstrosity off the pole, what is the OD of the pole?
     
  3. Aug 9, 2010 #3 of 13
    TITAN_53

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    I was going to check that but I didn't want to have to pull the dish off to check. Now that I think about it though, I think the house next door has the same pole with the dish long gone so I will have my dad go over there and measure it and see. I'm just wondering if the bracket the Slimline uses is the same size as the standard dishes. The pole is actually pretty solid so if the pole isn't 2" OD but the mount will work I'm thinking of drilling extra holes in the bracket on the pole to use a couple more bolts to secure the dish since there's really no way to use the monopoles.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2010 #4 of 13
    matt

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    Solid Signal has pipe adapters, that is what I was getting at. It would be a lot cleaner install than that bracket to bracket mess.
     
  5. Aug 9, 2010 #5 of 13
    TITAN_53

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    I'll definitely be checking that out then.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2010 #6 of 13
    finaldiet

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    Call DTV and ask how much they will install pole. I did and they charged me $59 to install pole in concrete, run the line underground to house and attach dish. I just happened to mention to DTV that I had problem cleaning snow off roof antenna and was thinking about replacing myself to ground pole. She said she just had hers changed also and said they would do it for that price. Cheaper than me doing it. Call and find out.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2010 #7 of 13
    TITAN_53

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    So can anyone confirm if the foot of the mount is the same size and hole layout?
     
  8. Aug 9, 2010 #8 of 13
    matt

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    The phase 3 base is approx 5"x7" and the slimline is appox 5"x8".
     
  9. jdspencer

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    Why not just slip the Slimline dish mount over the existing pole, using a pipe adapter to bring it up to 2" OD if necessary. You don't have to use the J-mount and base.
    When I went to a pole mount, I used an old almost 2" OD fence post, I just had the installer slip the dish over the pole. I did have to shim the pole out to 2" using two wraps of aluminum flashing.

    I suspect that the old Phase III dish had to be mounted that way on the Primestar pole because the Primestar post was too large for the Ph III.

    With a solid pole, the monopoles aren't needed.
     
  10. NewForceFiveFan

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    You'd be better off just letting the installer change out the old P* mounting hardware and outdated D* dish for the D* Slimline one. the slimline dishes are mounted to a newer reinforced mast and two guide poles for added stability unlike the older round pizza pan dishes due to it's larger size and weight. I think you'd save yourself a lot of time and headache by not trying to mickey-mouse it onto a pole not designed for it just to save time. More than likely you're also going to be told by the installer the dish should go higher up than it currently is in order to see all the satellites properly.
     
  11. Manctech

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    5$ says you can take that adapter off, slide a KA/KU pole in and self tap it from spinning and you'll have one of the most solid KA/KU mounts there is.

    (If the original pole was installed like most for the BIG dishes. Those thick steel pipes don't budge.

    The 2'' galvanized steel poles we use are still flimsy even with 50-100llbs of concrete.
     
  12. jdspencer

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    My Slimline is on the previously mentioned fence post about 3' off the ground. I did use the monopoles as they could reach the landscape timbers where the pole was planted. I added them after the installer did his thing.
     
  13. 8bobcat8

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    It's not pipe, it's tubing. You can't get pipe in exactly 2.00" OD.

    Just go to an exhaust shop and ask for a scrap chunk of 2.00" exhaust tubing. They typically will "give" you the piece if it is 15" long or less. You only need about 12". It will be "aluminized" for corrosion protection.

    You can then drill both tubes for self tap screws and mount the 2.00" tube over the existing pole as Manctech suggests.

    Another way is to have the 2.00" tube swagged down (at the exhaust shop) to the original pole's OD. This will require that you be able to accurately determine the OD of the existing pole (the shop needs to know what swaging dies to use). This also may require you pay for the swagging or that you at least buy someone lunch.

    Make sure everything is very solid as the AU9 (SlimLine) dish is quite heavy but more important it is a big sail.

    Happy aiming,
    BobCat
     

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