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#1 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:20 PM

The D* Installer arrived a few minutes ago, in possibly the worst weather San Diego could have... high winds and pouring rain...

Despite the work order, looks like I'm not getting the new Slimline dish, but instead, what I like to call "The Big-Ass Dish™".

He is DirecTV though, not a contractor.

Though he's not sure what model boxes he has in the truck. Stay Tuned.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:26 PM

TDespite the work order, looks like I'm not getting the new Slimline dish, but instead, what I like to call "The Big-Ass Dish™".

That's a slimline alright. Looks like he'll align with a 5 LNB and then replace it with 3LNB SWM.

He is DirecTV though, not a contractor.

Yup, as seen by the big ole' mess in his truck.
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#3 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:34 PM

That's a slimline alright. Looks like he'll align with a 5 LNB and then replace it with 3LNB SWM.


You're right, I went out to see where he was installing it (hopefully the HOA Gods approve) and it is indeed. I originally asked him if he was using the slimline and he said "no, I have a 1m dish in the truck", which I thought was the massive rectangular thing my Uncle had installed in Hayward (he was early on the DTV HD Bandwagon)

New photos: (I'll have some higher quality shots later after the install when I can get my digital camera out there without soaking it)
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#4 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:58 PM

Well, a short pause as my installer gets a change of clothes (lives closeby, apparently) but the dish is set up and the receivers have been brought up... two spankin' new HR-23's. Boxes slightly damp.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:58 PM

WTF why is he up so high. Unless a tree is in the way. Already see a QC fail. OOPS can't help it.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:05 PM

WTF why is he up so high. Unless a tree is in the way. Already see a QC fail. OOPS can't help it.


Proximity to the roof vent to string the cable. The HOA wants "no permanent damage to the structure" and of course, aesthetics are key to any anal HOA. Otherwise, no trees in the way on that side of the building, just a clear shot to Tijuana.

edit: the roof vent on the right side above the 3rd window is the neighbor's condo. the left two windows are mine.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 03:03 PM

One receiver in... a second line prepped (future) and now to fish the new line to the living room (the old cable path is inaccessible and the wire is still needed for my cable modem)

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 04:32 PM

update: The gruntwork of the install is complete, everything looks great, the installer was very professional and neat.

The setup, on the other hand, is taking longer... something about the boxes not recognizing the SWM setup... he's replacing the power inserter and splitter now...

edit: he's going back up on the roof to swap out the LNB. It's still pouring and very windy. This guy deserves credit!
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 04:38 PM

The setup, on the other hand, is taking longer... something about the boxes not recognizing the SWM setup... he's replacing the power inserter and splitter now...



Make sure he first power the PI and then the boxes. And one by one.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 04:39 PM

Make sure he first power the PI and then the boxes. And one by one.


That he has. he's going up to replace the LNB now (as the rain pummels my window)
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 04:58 PM

Well, a short pause as my installer gets a change of clothes (lives closeby, apparently) but the dish is set up and the receivers have been brought up... two spankin' new HR-23's. Boxes slightly damp.

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Can i come over for awhile or umm... move in?? :lol:

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 06:11 PM

All Done! It was a 4.5 hour install and he swapped out the dish, LNB, PI, and splitter, but we're all good!

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 06:55 PM

4.5 hours, huh? What about the other 3-5 installs he had scheduled for the day?

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:06 PM

who knows... at least my setup is working though! :grin:
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:10 PM

4.5 hours, huh? What about the other 3-5 installs he had scheduled for the day?



They are the people on the phone with D* right now pissing about " Where the hell is my tech at!!!"....:lol: :lol:

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:13 PM

They are the people on the phone with D* right now pissing about " Where the hell is my tech at!!!"....:lol: :lol:


They'll soon be posting here the same complaint!!
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:54 PM

All Done! It was a 4.5 hour install and he swapped out the dish, LNB, PI, and splitter, but we're all good!

Not sure why the dish would go???
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:01 PM

SWM signals will drop to zero during a rain fade event. He probably swapped all that stuff and got soaked again for nothing. :(
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:02 PM

Hope you tipped him nice?!?!?

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:46 PM

Wasn't DTV having rain fade uplink issues on the west coast today?

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:21 PM

Not sure why the dish would go???


He said he wanted to make sure to change everything out to rule out any possibilities, he was still getting a weak signal after swapping out the LNB (I would have guessed rain, it was a big storm)

Hope you tipped him nice?!?!?


Yes. turns out he also did the wall fish for free... saved me $75 on that...
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:31 PM

And my main Living Room setup, with my TV, DirecTV HR23-700, Xbox 360 (with beleaguered HD-DVD Drive), Region-Free DVD/DiVX player, Mac Mini (digital video server), Hard Drive for the videos, Cable Modem, Sony 6.1 Receiver, and Apple AirPort Extreme. (among other sundry items)

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:25 PM

Sir,
The weather conditions here will block your signal during the time necessary to activate your equipment. They don't pay me enough to climb on a roof during a rain event. It is even dangerous to carry a ladder on wet grass. Connecting electrical equipment while it is wet could damage the equipment or injure me.
I am not going to attempt your installation now.

I will be in this area today and if conditions improve I will attempt to return and begin your installation. I would suggest you find some old sheets or towels to put near the door to stop mud from entering your home.


...No, I am not sorry for the inconvenience. I didn't make it rain.


Did I miss something?

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:04 PM

Did I miss something?

Joe


Possibly. Could you elaborate on your post?
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:16 PM

Possibly. Could you elaborate on your post?


Joe is one of those people that we call installers. He is saying that your installer went so Far above and Beyond the call of duty, that you should be eternally grateful for what was done.
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