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Apartment install question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Kage, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Kage

    Kage New Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    Hello folks first time posting here but I've been following these boards for a while.

    I'm getting a movers done soon and while my apartment patio is in a good position for LOS, I'm concerned about how the tech will be able to get the line into my apartment.

    My Landlord will not allow drilling of any kind. the only other solution I'm familiar with is flat cables. My patio door is just a regular style door (not the sliding type) and closes pretty tight around all the edges.

    There is a window to the patio but I'm not sure a cable could be run under it w/out preventing it from closing. Any thoughts?
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Flat cable or keeping a window slightly open would seem to be your best alternatives. You could get some weatherstripping to fill the gap if you chose.

    and... :welcome_s to DBSTalk!
  3. doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 14, 2006
    Birmingham, Al.
    Open the window.
    Cut a 2x2 the width of the window.
    Drill a 3/8" hole in 2x2 to run cable thru.
    Can weatherproof if needed.
    Use another piece to "jam" window closed if needed for security.

    When you move out it all goes away.:D

    Doctor j
  4. e4123

    e4123 AllStar

    Jan 31, 2011
    I'm using flat cables and can still get the window to close. The weather proofing at the bottom of the window has "scrunched" to accomidate the window lock. I do like doctorj's idea however.
  5. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Your better off with the swing door vs the slider. The flat cable would be run through the hinge side. The doors weather striping will conform around it.
  6. Kage

    Kage New Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    Thanks for the tips, I actually seem to have overestimated the tightness of the door. I tried shutting it on a piece of CAT5 cable I had lying around and it made it through w/out creasing.

    Hopefully the thicker coax can do the same.
  7. satguy801

    satguy801 New Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I have been using this flat coax cable that is working great for me. I have never had a issue shutting the window
  8. Kage

    Kage New Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    So the techs arrive and first thing one of them says is "got some bad news for you" and starts trying to explain why I can't get LOS w/out even checking. (so pessimistic these guys)

    After some prodding I got him to do a actual sight survey and found that we could indeed get signal.
    So I got up and running and even got a SWM dish woo!
    Wasn't expecting that as I only have 1 HR20 but I'm not complaining :D.

    The flat cable is working well and I'm up and running.

    Now the only problem is figuring out what to watch. Having "survived" on OTA and Netflix for the last 18 mo I have to get used to having "real" TV again :).

    Thanks for all the awesome info.

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