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#26 OFFLINE   dishrich

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:14 PM

With DishRich's adapter I should be able to drill out the first hole, bolt it in place tight, and use a clamp to help hold it plumb if needed while I drill the second hole. Should be much easier since it is shorter.


PLEASE...before you resort to all that drilling - just use the 2 bolts "as is". ;)
The good thing with just using those...you CAN actually do some correction on making the pipe (adaptor) level, to make aiming the dish easier. If THEN you end up stripping the bolt(s), THEN you can resort to drilling - again as you said, K.I.S.S...

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:20 PM

Regarding the Hughesnet dish, that wont work as they use 2 5/16 pipe. I had the same thought when I went HD years ago and had an unused Hughes dish but it wont work
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:37 PM

PLEASE...before you resort to all that drilling - just use the 2 bolts "as is". ;)
The good thing with just using those...you CAN actually do some correction on making the pipe (adaptor) level, to make aiming the dish easier. If THEN you end up stripping the bolt(s), THEN you can resort to drilling - again as you said, K.I.S.S...


OK, I'll trust your judgement on this since you've used them. I'll use it as is unless I start having issues.

Regarding the Hughesnet dish, that wont work as they use 2 5/16 pipe. I had the same thought when I went HD years ago and had an unused Hughes dish but it wont work


Didn't realize that, good to know. I assume then the mast foot wouldn't work either then since the ears on it would be wider than the 2" OD pipe for the DirecTV J-mount? I'm not willing to risk a roof leak by removing the old Hughes Mast, so that option is probably out.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:55 PM

It always amazes me how people will try so hard to do something the wrong way. Then complain how it dosent work. IMHO put in the correct pole cemented in then remove the wrong pole.


Just because it isn't ideal, doesn't necessarily mean it is the wrong way. There is more than one way to fix this and make it a good, solid mount. If you factor in the possibility of having to buy all new cable and the labor to bury it (if the existing cables are running through the concrete), it makes even more sense to use an alternative option.

If all we are going to do is sit back and critique, we can do the same with a pole mount. While a proper pole mount isn't bad, it is hardly the best thing out there. The walls of the Directv supplied poles are made too thin, causing them to flex too much under heavy winds (an average day here in west Texas). And if the pole isn't installed properly, it can be the worst mount of all.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:14 AM

OK, so I fibbed. One more question. Can anyone verify the Skywalker SKY1101 is the same thing, just from a different manufacturer. I can save $10 getting this one from SolidSignal instead of the one DishRich posted (Wired@Homes shipping is ridiculous $14 where SolidSignals is $4).

http://www.solidsign...lue-Compatible-
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

Same thing, here it is right from SW's own website: (same SW part# from your link)

http://www.skywalker...D__SKY1101.aspx

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:56 PM

The 'split pipe' should work OK. But I would get a large hose clamp and position right above the lower screw and around both pipes. This should counter the tendency for the split pipe to spread at its lower extreme.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:42 PM

OK, so I fibbed. One more question. Can anyone verify the Skywalker SKY1101 is the same thing, just from a different manufacturer. I can save $10 getting this one from SolidSignal instead of the one DishRich posted (Wired@Homes shipping is ridiculous $14 where SolidSignals is $4).

http://www.solidsign...lue-Compatible-


The best way in my opinion would be to put a 2 inch pipe inside what you have and self tap it. put about 8 of them in there. I do it all the time with hughesnet masts and hughesnet poles. For some added piece of mind when you are done drill 2 - 3/8 inch holes through everything and put 2 bolts thru it. everything I just told you can be done in 15 minutes and will be 10 times stronger than those pipe adapters. we arent allowed to use them for KAKU dishes at all. They are fine for the little 18 inch dishes, but I wouldnt use for the bigger dishes. The bolts strip, they are kinda junky if you ask me. some 1/4 self tapping screws are very strong and 8 of them arent going anywhere , ever.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:19 PM

I would use uni-strut with the correct pipe strut clamps and strut nuts. you can get the correct size strut clamp for the pipe in question. Then you can cut your uni-strut long so you can also use the uni poles.

http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=200161

i know my install is a littel different than yours but beleive me as a comercial electrician i have used pipe clamps and uni-strut for years and when done correctly it can be a very solid installation.

Edited by bytor, 09 June 2012 - 01:24 PM.





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