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#41 OFFLINE   thespaceghost

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:37 PM

Did this one this morning.
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Is that mounted to a 4x4? They frown on us mounting to a 6x6

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#42 OFFLINE   cantrellswire

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:45 PM

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 06:12 PM

While I’m not an installer, I still take pride in my own work. So here is my self-install:D This was done back in may.


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#44 OFFLINE   premio

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:55 PM

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.


What is the size of the bracket that mounts to the eve? I have a spot I'm considering mounting to but the eve is mounting with only 2" showing.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:57 PM

What is the size of the bracket that mounts to the eve? I have a spot I'm considering mounting to but the eve is mounting with only 2" showing.


about 3"x5"

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:16 PM

This is one of least intrusive ways to mount a dish. All you need is 4 wood screws and maybe couple of self tappers.

http://www.dbstalk.c...=1&d=1221967536

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 10:51 PM

Is that mounted to a 4x4? They frown on us mounting to a 6x6

that was a 4x4 with a 2x4 nailed onto the side, so it's like a 4x6 really... one monopole into the 4x4 the other into a 2x4

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 11:10 PM

Hey guys,
Quick question (and I know I'm going to look like an idiot, but I'm not an installer, just someone who is curious)---What are those thin green wires shown next to the coaxial cabling in many of the pictures in this thread? I have one of those in the front of my house next to my cabling and have always wondered its purpose.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 11:17 PM

Hey guys,
Quick question (and I know I'm going to look like an idiot, but I'm not an installer, just someone who is curious)---What are those thin green wires shown next to the coaxial cabling in many of the pictures in this thread? I have one of those in the front of my house next to my cabling and have always wondered its purpose.


Earth ground, for things like lightening. Or through some odd coincidence a short.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 11:23 PM

Earth ground, for things like lightening. Or through some odd coincidence a short.


Thanks rahlquist! ;)

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 06:47 AM

Earth ground, for things like lightening. Or through some odd coincidence a short.


The grounds have nothing to do with lightening. They are to discharge static buildup. Lightening will fry virtually any wire.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:04 AM

Not my best work, but the job has to go in. :lol:

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:01 AM

Robert, I gather you did not use RG6 for a run from the LNB of that distance.....:)

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:51 AM

What is the size of the bracket that mounts to the eve? I have a spot I'm considering mounting to but the eve is mounting with only 2" showing.


I'm not an installer, but I would take a length (at least a foot or more if you can) of treated (or painted) 2x6 and through-bolt it to the 2" exposed rafter tail. Block a same length 2X4 under it against the exposed tail.

Should be pretty solid if you can get some width to it.

Then through-bolt the bracket.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 11:45 AM

The grounds have nothing to do with lightening. They are to discharge static buildup. Lightening will fry virtually any wire.

Lightening is very unpredictable. I have seen a dish take a direct hit and it fryed everything from the dish to the wb68. The static ground from the dish turned into little gobs of copper and steel in the guys yard, the drip loops melted together, connectors were still on the LNB and 6x8; but the cables were a good two feet way (cable shot out of connectors, and the back of the wb68 exploded.

But it was properly grounded and stopped there. Granted all of the green pvc melted off of the ground line, but it saved their TV's and IRD's. The only thing that happened to any of the receivers was the light-ring on a R-15 went a little wacky.

Not saying proper grounding will always prevent TV damage when a dish is hit directly by lightening, but there's a good chance it will help out a bit.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 11:50 AM

Not my best work, but the job has to go in. :lol:

You know you've got some tree branches growing out in front of that dish right :D

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:00 PM

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#58 OFFLINE   dkouz

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 06:02 PM

This is one of least intrusive ways to mount a dish. All you need is 4 wood screws and maybe couple of self tappers.

http://www.dbstalk.c...=1&d=1221967536


D* does offer a 'rail mount' for this situation. It is basically two L-shaped brackets, a powder coated 2" pole, two U brackets, and several bolts to hold it all together.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:13 PM

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This is some pretty neat job.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:21 PM

D* does offer a 'rail mount' for this situation. It is basically two L-shaped brackets, a powder coated 2" pole, two U brackets, and several bolts to hold it all together.


6 dollars for a pole from your local Home Depot or 100 dollars for a custom mount.




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