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#21 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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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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#22 OFFLINE   dirtyblueshirt

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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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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:22 PM

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.


Ah, I see... Believe me, I was very grateful. I fully expected a cancellation... he was tipped well, though!
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:42 PM

As promised, the skies cleared today, and here's the final install:

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:51 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?

Joe


Yes, you did miss something, you're a glorified cable installer! No tip for you!
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:46 PM

Possibly. Could you elaborate on your post?


Sure,

This work can be enjoyable and possibly pay enough to support a family. It requires a little skill and a little training and a little investment. All in all installations have been pretty good to me until recently.

What I was alluding to was the temptation that hits all well motivated craftsmen to take risks beyond their capabilities. Sometimes this means attempting work when conditions are too dangerous to proceed. For example, if a fireman goes through a roof because the fire had weakened the building that man is a hero and he or his widow will get some kind of compensation. IF an installer slides off a slippery roof he goes over the edge and, if he survives, may get some kind of workman's compensation. For sure, the manager he works for will eventually get around to explaining that with that broken leg there is just no position available.

Once, a long time ago, I called a cable company office to tell them to send a bucket truck to do a midspan connection. My thirty foot ladder needed to be vertical to do the work; real dangerous. They sent the truck..my work was diminished because "I wasn't good with ladders." A few months later another tech came down on his head and died thirty feet below that exact line. He was a hero, right?

I'm glad you job went in. I wasn't there to judge conditions. I think the atmosphere conditions confused a new tech into doing some unnecessary trouble shooting and an unnecessary trip on a roof in the rain. Glad he go away with it.

I just thought I would ring a bell to folks expecting prompt installations this time of the year.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:51 PM

I'm glad you job went in. I wasn't there to judge conditions. I think the atmosphere conditions confused a new tech into doing some unnecessary trouble shooting and an unnecessary trip on a roof in the rain. Glad he go away with it.


Actually, he said he was one of the two most senior DirecTV installers (non-contractor) in the San Diego area, and had been doing installs for nearly 10 years... perhaps his experience gave him the confidence to tackle the elements.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:55 PM

Yes, you did miss something, you're a glorified cable installer! No tip for you!


I did cable for a brief period.

The satellite companies were too busy to train folks so they hired experienced cable guys away from cable companies to hang the dishes. I was lucky there. I met skilled guys who were real generous with their time to bring along new guys. I left cable for that new stuff PrimeStar was offering.

Don't need a tip. My rate for everything above and beyond the basic installation is $60.00 per hour. My work comes from home theater companies who won't let the HSP gentlemen cut up new work. I also repair phones for the same rate. More and more residential phones are damaged by the same gentlemen.

We are getting into the season where the techs will need to get their parachutes out.........snow and ice on the roof makes rain seem like a walk in the park.

No tipping required. I leave a bill.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:59 PM

Actually, he said he was one of the two most senior DirecTV installers (non-contractor) in the San Diego area, and had been doing installs for nearly 10 years... perhaps his experience gave him the confidence to tackle the elements.


That is usually the case. DTV didn't have installers of their own until recently.
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Your man got good at what he does taking risks. Glad it worked.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:18 PM

I did cable for a brief period.

The satellite companies were too busy to train folks so they hired experienced cable guys away from cable companies to hang the dishes. I was lucky there. I met skilled guys who were real generous with their time to bring along new guys. I left cable for that new stuff PrimeStar was offering.

Don't need a tip. My rate for everything above and beyond the basic installation is $60.00 per hour. My work comes from home theater companies who won't let the HSP gentlemen cut up new work. I also repair phones for the same rate. More and more residential phones are damaged by the same gentlemen.

We are getting into the season where the techs will need to get their parachutes out.........snow and ice on the roof makes rain seem like a walk in the park.

No tipping required. I leave a bill.
Joe


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