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The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get


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#461 OFFLINE   TBoneit

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:37 PM

Ouch,

 

I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire-The Ink Spots

 

or

 

 

I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE ~ Tommy Tucker & his Orchestra~ Amy Arnell ~ Don Brown ~ The Voices Three ~June 1941 ~ Okeh Records

 

This is what that article reminded me of

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#462 OFFLINE   CDJohnson25

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:39 AM

um yeah, making the local tv news will qualify ya for the shame thread.

while it wasn't my main service, my installer last month about drilled right through some electrical lines. Just glad I was there watching where he had planned to drill, or I would have been running a new line or 2.

Why don't installers use an electric line finder prior to drilling? Cheaper than the installer's deductible.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:06 PM

This is a horrible install, not to mention illegal as far as codes and safety goes. This was done by a DirecTV installer/tech a few days ago at a friends house that just signed up for NEW DirecTV service.... 2013-11-28145829_zpsc0472c5b.jpg2013-11-28150226_zpse4f73747.jpg20131128_064108_zps239a8e95.jpg2013-11-28150041_zpsc0bcfb3e.jpg Sent from my SCH-I545 using DBSTalk mobile app

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:10 PM

Not sure what's illegal about it. I can't tell for sure how it's grounded as I can't see where the Lines go to but what's so illegal? He should have sealed the cable going into the house though. That's a miss. It is a little messy to not get to of the old cables.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:28 PM

Grounding looks to be OK.  the tech used a split bolt, but not sure where the coax bonding wire gets bonded to the dish.  I do not see anything illegal as well, perhaps you can elaborate.


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:43 PM

I meant Illegal as far as mounting to a power pole.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:47 PM

I was assuming that's his power pole and not a phone one caring everyone's lines above. If it's only for grabbing his service I would think its be legal. And I've never seen a power pole thy close to a house that wasn't just for that house myself.

Did it have main lines on it too passing through his property?

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:48 PM

I was assuming that's his power pole and not a phone one caring everyone's lines above. If it's only for grabbing his service I would think its be legal. And I've never seen a power pole thy close to a house that wasn't just for that house myself.

Did it have main lines on it too passing through his property?

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:42 PM

I was assuming that's his power pole and not a phone one caring everyone's lines above. If it's only for grabbing his service I would think its be legal. And I've never seen a power pole thy close to a house that wasn't just for that house myself.

Did it have main lines on it too passing through his property?


It's a mobile home. So its just his local power drop, meter and disconnect.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 05:58 PM

It's a mobile home. So its just his local power drop, meter and disconnect.

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so that would make it "his" and as such there is nothing illegal


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:21 AM

Everything looks good there except the missing sealant where it enters the building but based off two other lines there I feel he may have used existing lines and thus easy to most (but not excused).

I've seen many trailer complexes that have the utilities come in on post like this and as stayed since it's a private pile not public use it is OK. In fact I did a job in a community where that was the only location pre approved to mount the dish.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:28 AM

Everything looks good there except the missing sealant where it enters the building but based off two other lines there I feel he may have used existing lines and thus easy to most (but not excused).

I've seen many trailer complexes that have the utilities come in on post like this and as stayed since it's a private pile not public use it is OK. In fact I did a job in a community where that was the only location pre approved to mount the dish.

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It is (or was when i went through electrical school) a NEC requirement for mobile homes to have all the utilities come in on a pole. Our instructor said it was so if the home was moved, it would be a simple disconnect from the pole rather than waiting for the electric utility to come out and safely remove everything from the home.

 

Personally in my own observations, at least around here when a mobile home is setup in a certain location it usually stays there till it rots off the frame..


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

Around here they have pretty much stopped installing overhead lines to free standing wooden poles. The poles have a tendency to lean towards the transformer when it rains. Eventually they fall. The power company brings the lines in underground and the homeowner provides a wooden frame for the meter base, in the case of mobile homes.

Over the years I've removed plenty of unaligned dishes from free standing wooden posts/poles and put them on something more stable.
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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:48 PM

Wow, these pix are making me hesitant to switch to Direct TV..  :eek2:



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:27 PM

Wow, these pix are making me hesitant to switch to Direct TV..  :eek2:

 

Don't worry. This represents a small minority of installs, and you can guarantee every other install provider can boast a similar spread of install horrors :)


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:50 PM

xmguy myself and a few others here are trying to figure out what you think is so horrible and out of code and unsafe you think is wrong here. ( First off let me start off by saying im not taking up for the installer, as yes I do see this as a very sloppy job it could have been done to look a whole lot better ). As for the mounting, nothing wrong there s-tube on a square pole just as it was intended ( although the s-tubes work well on the corner of a brick house also ( i myself have found to really like putting s-tubes on on corners of brick houses " saves a little time too as just haveing to drill 4 holes and anchor in instead of the supposed to at least 8 with a univeral mast and 2 monopoles"). As for the grounding it appears to be grounded to code ( although some companies would fail it just because the ground wire is black from the split bolt to the splitter instead of the required green indacating ground even though it could be the right size). The pic of the cable going into the house, yeah it dont have the bushing, drip loop, or at least bare minimum silicone which would have took all of 2 seconds. ON your defense, Yes the cable routing is extremely sloppy and could have been done multiple multiple ways to actually appear to be professional instead of looking like a lazy installer. But kinda curious what you see as so illegal and unsafe, besides being an extremely sloppy job



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:00 PM

xmguy myself and a few others here are trying to figure out what you think is so horrible and out of code and unsafe you think is wrong here.

Maybe mpalomba3 is talking about 24 PAGES of this 'shame' thread; not just this most recent one?


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:22 AM

Wow, these pix are making me hesitant to switch to Direct TV..  :eek2:

Never judge a book by it's cover. What you read and see on this thread is not the norm with DirecTV installs. My signature says a lot about DirecTV's credibility.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:35 PM

You could probably fill 24 pages with crappy stuff any TV provider's installers sometimes do, satellite or cable. There is no overall code governing what they do, like there is for electricians and plumbers, so it is easier for them to go off the reservation.

 

Despite that, I'll bet in electrical and plumbing forums you could find some crazy installs that while they may meet code, would still make most electricians and plumbers say "WTF".


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

That's the truth for sure. And just to show you....

A woman bought a house a couple years ago. after she had bought the house a plumber had been out because her kitchen sink stunk. He said its wrong and needs to be fixed it'll cost a couple hundred or something like that. Other option is to put enzymes down the drain. She didn't believe it was hooked up wrong and used enzymes.

My friend marries her sister I get to know her as well and we become friends. One day she tells me about the sink stink and that she didn't believe the plumber etc. I say well let me take a look. Here's what I saw.....

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Needless to say I fixed it for her and she's stinkless now. ;)

Sadly that's not the only thing of that nature I've fixed. Like a 50 pound cast iron sink held in place with two drywall screws and the trap it was sitting on. Ugh.




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