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The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get


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#221 OFFLINE   TimG517

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 01:47 PM

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I liked this one so much that I used it for my avatar. This is on the south end of an apartment building. The last time I drove by there were two more dishes for a total of 16. I love how some of the cables are run in front of another dish. How would you ever figure out which dish goes with which apartment?


NICE! If only I thought to take pictures...
Anyway, in the real ghetto of Detroit are two, long apartment buildings. One either end of the building is a Dish Network 500 dish. Connected to that dish are 20 - 30 - 34 switches, at least!
I had to do a new install there when I was in training. It was quite simple. The trainer hooked up the boxes, I ran a line from the guys window to one of the 20 - 30 switches attached to the building. I found an open hole, and plugged the cable in! It worked. He then insisted we test the Latino Playboy channel....

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#222 OFFLINE   azphi

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 11:39 AM

Here is a DirecTV install, don't want dish network to have all the fun.

I guess the guy ran out of lag bolts, and forgot his ladder!!:grin:

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#223 OFFLINE   davedusz

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 02:32 PM

So I have a legacy dish mounted 20 years ago to the power feed pipe (periscope?) and the dish is at least 5 feet away from the top where the power lines come out. I've had zero problems in twenty years, but I'm guessing this would not make code by today's standards. Are there any real risks in leaving the dish where it is?

#224 OFFLINE   BattleZone

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:12 PM

It's a violation of NEC (national electric code) and a very real electricution danger to any one who has to work on it. As a tech, if I rolled up to your house and your dish was on the periscope, I would have to inform you that your old dish had to be abandoned and that I could only work on your system if I installed a new dish at least 10' away from the periscope and power cables. And, no, I wouldn't remove the old dish.

#225 OFFLINE   TwoPhases

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:16 PM

How'd it get installed on the periscope?

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:32 AM

Some lovely photos I took on a QC yesterday. Great cabling job here. Posted Image

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"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

#227 OFFLINE   johnp37

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:11 AM

Holy crap!! You mean to tell me the installer considered this a completed job? A disaster doesn't do the word justice. Was this a Directv install or Dish network?

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:27 AM

Some lovely photos I took on a QC yesterday. Great cabling job here. Posted Image


After viewing your photos I find it hard to believe the installer was allowed to do solo work!

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:28 AM

Holy crap!! You mean to tell me the installer considered this a completed job? A disaster doesn't do the word justice. Was this a Directv install or Dish network?


New Directv SWiM & MRV install. Less than 7 days old. No attempt to ground (although there was an unsealed barrel laying on the ground in front of the electric meter). And upstairs there was pre-existing RG-59 throughout. Not going to last pushing that 2-2150Mhz. Not to mention the sensitivity with the addition of DECA. :nono2:
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#230 OFFLINE   jefbal99

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:42 AM

My lord, that is a disgrace...
Receiving Equipment: AU9 Slimline w/Zinwell WB68 & SWM 8 | Winegard MS-2000 w/PS-1503 Power Injector
Living Room: HR22-100 w/AM-21 | Samsung HL-S4266W (HDMI) | Ethernet MRV | Pioneer HTS-GS1 5.1 | Yamaha DV-S6160 (Component/Digital Coaxial)
Bedroom: H21-200 w/AM-21 | Westinghouse LVM-42w2 (HDMI) | Ethernet MRV
Home Theatre: HR20-100 | Sanyo PLV-Z60 (Component/Optical) | Flexio 16:9 100" Screen | Ethernet MRV |Yamaha YHT-690 | XBox 360 (Component) | Harmony 880

#231 OFFLINE   Manctech

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 05:53 PM

Got some good ones today.


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yea thats right. I even rebuilt the plant!

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#232 OFFLINE   JACKIEGAGA

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:20 PM

Did you give the plant some steroids :lol:

Nice job cleaning up that work.

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#233 OFFLINE   Manctech

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:26 PM

Did you give the plant some steroids :lol:

Nice job cleaning up that work.


Haha some zip ties and some green ground wire and it was looking better but the poor thing was beat up! Ms. Customer was more upset about that than the cabling! :D They were super nice people.

The story behind that one was, the guy (a long time tech) went out there for a MRV upgrade. Swapped out the "silver receiver" so either H20 or R15 for a HR24 and a D10 for a D12. Then he couldn't get either SWM or MRV to work so he pulled out the SWM equipment and hooked the 6x8 back up and just left. Customer said he went outside to check on him and he was gone!!!!

He never repeat setup on the D12 so it was stuck in SWM mode. That was in the little girls room (she was 7 and it was her birthday) She was so happy to get her tv back she hugged me and told me iCarly was her favorite show (it was on).


It's jobs like that, that make me forget about the rest of the BS that we techs put up with it. It's good to feel appreciated. And the guy even threw me a 10$ tip even though I told him it really wasn't necessary.

This was a last minute rebuild (sup called me at 5pm). I'm getting flat rated for the work + I get labor day off!!!!

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#234 OFFLINE   JACKIEGAGA

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:37 PM

I had 2 installs done and they both went very well. There are good installers out there

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#235 OFFLINE   rabid_hobbit

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 02:47 PM

@manctech - That's why I like this thread; it shows the worst of the worst, but also we get to see how it gets fixed by the best. For every bad tech out there, there's at least an equal number of truly dedicated and professional ones. Kudos to you.

#236 OFFLINE   RobertE

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 03:34 PM

Ran across this high quality dish install today. :D

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#237 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 03:44 PM

Ran across this high quality dish install today. :D

http://www.dbstalk.c...=1&d=1290634521


Oh my!!!!

That's a doozy.
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#238 OFFLINE   HoTat2

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:01 PM

Well ...

There's one consolation I guess. It's certainly be easy to reposition the dish to either the eastern or western arcs if necessary. Though actually keeping it on either arc as well as preventing passersby from obstructing the signal is another story entirely. :D

#239 OFFLINE   jerry downing

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:32 PM

Back in the early days of DBS, we were allowed to do a self install. I did something similar to the above photo so I could check equipment while I waited for the weather to improve to the point where I could do a permanent installation.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:29 PM

No words on this one. This was a service call. H20 was pixelating. Signal was in the 70's other HD receivers worked fine. H20 was overheating so I replaced it. Went outside to peak the dish and found this.

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Sleaved Pole (Meaning was a 1 3/4 pole with a sleeve to accommodate 2" dish.

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Leftovers?

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Think the install tech ran out of bolts to assemble dish

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Rebuilt with proper pole/dish assembly

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Proper cabling

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