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#21 OFFLINE   BattleZone

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:44 PM

I've never seen a mount like that!


That's a Universal Satellite Accessories mount. They are used extensively in California, and more than up to the task. It's a scaled-up version of a mount we've been using for smaller dishes for years. We had a wind storm in January of this year with 80 MPH gusts in most of the Bay Area, with a few areas over 110 MPH, and not a single USA mount failed.

The DirecTV-supplied super-cheapo mounts that they were supplying for a while DID fail, which is why they "banned" undereave mounts for a while earlier this year. USA's mount has been approved by the California FOM and has been submitted for formal DirecTV approval. I personally prefer the J-mount version for the Ka/Ku dish for most installs, but this one works better in some cases.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:49 PM

I would have mounted the switch with masonry anchors in the brickwork other than that it is ok
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 05:23 PM

My under eave mount isnt going anywhere... I removed the installers original oversized lag bolts and put in 4 5/8" bolts and nuts with a 1/8" thick steel plate on the back as a washer.

Also, the original installer just left the grounding wire hanging down the side of the wall. It was only secured by the electrical panel ground bracket. I tidied that up.

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#24 OFFLINE   Grydlok

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:29 PM

That's a WB68, right? If so, may we start with you?

Installing the WB68 (page 2)
2. Mount the WB68 in a protected environment where it is shielded from rain and other water (sprinklers, etc.).

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If you read further it says it's an indoor/outdoor switch.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:01 PM

I personally think that undereve mount is to small for KA/KU dishes. When ever I go out to one I usually find that the mount usually moves a lot even with the monopoles. I do like the new underever mount that clamps to the rafter tail. It is much sturdier.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:03 PM

I personally think that undereve mount is to small for KA/KU dishes. When ever I go out to one I usually find that the mount usually moves a lot even with the monopoles. I do like the new underever mount that clamps to the rafter tail. It is much sturdier.


How is it moving?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:11 PM

I usually find that the bottom part of the mount sways which then moves the whole dish.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:26 PM

I usually find that the bottom part of the mount sways which then moves the whole dish.


not sure what you mean... mine doesnt move at all. the only way i can get it to move is to shake the dish back and forth which actually causes the eave itself to wiggle a little.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:31 AM

This was my original 'exclusive-use' patio dish tree install,
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a10' corner fence post, put 4' into ground, w/6' ground rod.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:53 AM

I still think it is hilarious how dish requires you to use so many dishes.

But I guess they didnt have a choice really, just progression kinda bit them in the rear.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:58 AM

If you read further it says it's an indoor/outdoor switch.

Correct you are.

And it's not mounted in a protected environment from water. :lol:

Next try? ;-)

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:51 AM

This was my original 'exclusive-use' patio dish tree install,
reduced to two 'branches' since the demise of VOOM. Used
a10' corner fence post, put 4' into ground, w/6' ground rod.


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:26 PM

Correct you are.

And it's not mounted in a protected environment from water. :lol:

Next try? ;-)


"A protected environment from water" generally means not directly under a water spigot. They are made to be installed outdoors as they generally are - or - optionally indoors.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:34 PM

Did this one this morning.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:44 PM

This was my original 'exclusive-use' patio dish tree install,
reduced to two 'branches' since the demise of VOOM. Used
a10' corner fence post, put 4' into ground, w/6' ground rod.

This gives new meaning to the term "antenna farm." Sorta like patio tomatoes. :)
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

Did this one this morning.
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clean cabling, that is secured, nice monopole use. Good groundblock. was it grounded before? :biggthump
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:21 PM

clean cabling, that is secured, nice monopole use. Good groundblock. was it grounded before? :biggthump

Thanks. It was half@ss grounded with #17 ccs going from a 4x4 multiswitch (no idea why that was there, two lines in, two out) to a water spigot. It's #12 solid copper now. I did check the pipes under the house before I grounded it to make sure they were all copper throughout beforehand too.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:24 PM

Thanks. It was half@ss grounded with #17 ccs going from a 4x4 multiswitch (no idea why that was there, two lines in, two out) to a water spigot. It's #12 solid copper now. I did check the pipes under the house before I grounded it to make sure they were all copper throughout beforehand too.



Good job. I reported a tech for assuming that a copper pipe was all copper/ It was not
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:48 PM

Good job. I reported a tech for assuming that a copper pipe was all copper/ It was not


I always assume they're PVC until I look and see for myself. :D

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:49 PM

I always assume they're PVC until I look and see for myself. :D

and by looking, you will never be wrong
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