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#1 OFFLINE   Rickt1962

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:22 AM

Home owners assoc. The dish has to be out of site from street. My brother next month is getting the new pkg installed. I went over and checked and it will have to be mounted on the roof. Because if its on the eve you will see it from the street. 2 questions Will D install a roof mount and do they give you the option for a HEATER ! Because we all know when its up on the roof with snow ther is NO way to clean it off. Or this will all have to be done by me ?:nono:

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

Home owners assoc. The dish has to be out of site from street. My brother next month is getting the new pkg installed. I went over and checked and it will have to be mounted on the roof. Because if its on the eve you will see it from the street. 2 questions Will D install a roof mount and do they give you the option for a HEATER ! Because we all know when its up on the roof with snow ther is NO way to clean it off. Or this will all have to be done by me ?:nono:


If the only place he can get a line of sight makes it visible from the street, the HO can't prevent it from going there. Check the OTARD rules for this situation.

#3 OFFLINE   Rickt1962

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

If the only place he can get a line of sight makes it visible from the street, the HO can't prevent it from going there. Check the OTARD rules for this situation.


There are others in the neighborhood all on the back of the roof none on the eve's. Yes ther is a line of site from the roof

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:11 AM

I don't know if DIRECTV will install a heater, generally they don't have them on the trucks. If you bought one from a third party retailer you could probably cajole the installer into running the wire for it while he's running other wire.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

Dish heater isn't part of the standard installation, but you can purchase one from websites like Solid Signal.

http://www.solidsign...sh-(hsslngrfkit)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

I worked with my local installer with my dish heater. We applied the heater to the back of the dish in their climate controlled shop and installed the dish and everything the next day. Ran the heater wire with the dish wire to the same location and put the power supply there.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

I'm buying a super soaker to deal with accumulated snow. Cheaper than a heater.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

I'm buying a super soaker to deal with accumulated snow. Cheaper than a heater.

Certainly cheaper, but it requires a much greater investment of your time. Warm and dry will always be better than shocking the system with hot water.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

Good to know ! Amazing we all know if that sucker is on the roof it will collect snow. So i guess he will have to purchase the heater and tip the installer. Hey if i was a installer I would sell those from my truck !

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

Good to know ! Amazing we all know if that sucker is on the roof it will collect snow. So i guess he will have to purchase the heater and tip the installer. Hey if i was a installer I would sell those from my truck !


For me it's not so much that it just randomly "collects snow" - it has to do with outside temperatures. If it's in that range where it's cold enough to freeze or warm enough to melt and you end up with sleet, it builds up a lot thicker on the dish. If it's cold and you have fluffy snow, it doesn't stick to the dish anyway.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

Certainly cheaper, but it requires a much greater investment of your time. Warm and dry will always be better than shocking the system with hot water.


True but come on! Its a super soaker! :D

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

How problematic is this issue? This will be my first winter with a dish.

My dish is at head height when I'm standing on the ground, or about shin height if standing on my deck and reaching over the balusters and the top railing.

I can see gently brushing snow off of it, but what of snow/ice/sleet partially thawing and refreezing on the LNB assembly? That sounds trickier to deal with even if physical access to the dish is easy.

Good thing a dish always has southern exposure by definition. There are parts of my driveway that seem to stay shaded from December to February. ;)

We get about 33" of snow annually here.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

How problematic is this issue? This will be my first winter with a dish.

My dish is at head height when I'm standing on the ground, or about shin height if standing on my deck and reaching over the balusters and the top railing.

I can see gently brushing snow off of it, but what of snow/ice/sleet partially thawing and refreezing on the LNB assembly? That sounds trickier to deal with even if physical access to the dish is easy.

Good thing a dish always has southern exposure by definition. There are parts of my driveway that seem to stay shaded from December to February. ;)

We get about 33" of snow annually here.


Only 33"? Lucky.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

Hell my DirecTV dish is on my roof about 50 FT up. Once in 5 years I had snow pile up so bad that I had to use an old 18" dish until the snow melted.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

How problematic is this issue? This will be my first winter with a dish.

My dish is at head height when I'm standing on the ground, or about shin height if standing on my deck and reaching over the balusters and the top railing.

I can see gently brushing snow off of it, but what of snow/ice/sleet partially thawing and refreezing on the LNB assembly? That sounds trickier to deal with even if physical access to the dish is easy.

Good thing a dish always has southern exposure by definition. There are parts of my driveway that seem to stay shaded from December to February. ;)

We get about 33" of snow annually here.


Our first snow of the season was to day ! It was about a inch but being so wet I lost signal by 10 am ! But i mounted mine 4 foot off the ground. So cleaning it off was easy ! But then it made me think of the poor bastards that cant reach there's ! And wonderd if DTV even cared when they install them at heights wer u cant reach... And knowing my brother is getting one next month. D is so great about lieing to people about the reception in bad weather and how they help customer's with it. NOPE LOL Sucker ! ! Gotcha for 2 years and its up to you to work it out ! I wonder how many elderly customers that get stuck and dont have the internet to know this.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

The only snow I have had issues with in the Northeast, is that wet heavy stuff that doesn't seem to slide off the dish. Been three years now since I have had to use a broom.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

The only snow I have had issues with in the Northeast, is that wet heavy stuff that doesn't seem to slide off the dish. Been three years now since I have had to use a broom.


I know of that snow. Lived in Maine for 4 years. Here in the Great Lakes region we have 2 kinds of snow: wet and wetter. :D

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

I use a squirt bottle full of windshield cleaner (with antifreeze). Only head high here in Ohio, but had a super soaker full of it in ND (dish was on the garage roof). Both worked quite well (just took a few more squirts in ND).
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:34 AM

Going on my third year with the Hot Shot heater. Best money I have ever spent. I used to go on the roof with a bucket of hot water to melt the snow and ice after or during a storm. Now I flip a switch on in November and off in April. I have never had an outage since I got it, and we get some pretty big snows SW of Denver.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

Going on my third year with the Hot Shot heater. Best money I have ever spent. I used to go on the roof with a bucket of hot water to melt the snow and ice after or during a storm. Now I flip a switch on in November and off in April. I have never had an outage since I got it, and we get some pretty big snows SW of Denver.


Living in Maine, I've been considering installing a Hot Shot heater - good to know you're happy with it.

Now isn't a huge problem for us - our dish is installed on the side of our house and above the roof to the garage (so it is not visable from the street). I have only had an issue with snow once in 3.5 years. That big wet snow without much wind built up on the dish, LNB, and arm and required going up to the garage roof and brushing it off. Otherwise, no problems with signal except small cut outs in the middle of a blizzard now and then. Nevertheless, it would be nice to have a heater on there to know I'll never have an issue with snow buildup (can't do anything about storm cut outs I don't think).




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