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Be Careful On Ladders

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by ccr1958, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. ccr1958

    ccr1958 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    just a reminder to all that tweak their dishes themselves...
    on Sunday 10-7 i decided to get up on the roof to see
    what my tilt was set at...in the setup it says 84deg.....
    well it only need slight adjustment as it was set on 85...
    took maybe 5 minutes...was coming back down the ladder
    like i had many times before & got to about the 4th rung from the
    ground & lost my balance & fell onto a concrete patio feet first...
    my tennis shoe on my right foot grabbed the concrete causing
    my ankle to twist terribly....anyway i broke my tibia & fibula
    at my ankle & now have several pins a plate & 8 screws holding
    my ankle together....i am going to miss a lot of work but on the
    bright side i get to enjoy D* a lot more than normal...

    so everyone be careful out there on the roofs & ladders
  2. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

    Oct 16, 2006
    holy crap. wishing you a speedy and full recovery. that stinks.
    i did my install myself, including the dish, but luckily for me, i had line of sight from a roof ledge only about 8 feet off the ground. when i needed to tweak a while back, I used my old crappy minivan and was able to simply stand on its roof to make my adjustments.
    again - speedy and healthy recovery i'm sure is wished by all here. :)
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA

    Best wishes for a rapid recovery.

  4. Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Reminds me of when I was straddling the top of a 6 foot ladder (I know big no-no) and stepped off the wrong side where the metal pieces are only there in place of evey other rung.

    Got really lucky that I did not hit anything on the way down and just ended up suddenly looking up at the ladder I was just standing on.

    Glad you are not hurt any worse. If you hit your head on something just right it can be fatal from even a few feet up.
  5. retseloj

    retseloj New Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    get well soon!
  6. randyk47

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    Ouch! What we'll do for good TV!! Seriously, hope you recover quickly with no long term problems. Makes me even more sure I did the right thing having a contractor put up my new dish. There he was roped off using climbing gear, standing on a 45 degree pitched roof, nearly 30' up over a solid concrete driveway and I had a flash of "I could have done that". NOT!!!!
  7. techrep

    techrep Hall Of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    Sorry to hear about your injury, Get well soon.
  8. yogi

    yogi Legend

    Feb 8, 2006
    I done that!
    Will, if your like me, and land on your head you'd be alright.:D
  9. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Ouch. :(

    And yet customers get mad when I don't go on a roof when its 1) Raining, 2) Covered in snow/snowing or 3) Dark.

    Just not worth getting hurt or worse to get someone tv.
  10. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

    Oct 16, 2006
    Can't really argue with that.
  11. ccr1958

    ccr1958 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    thanks for all the well wishes & other stories....
    i feel thankful as was said it could have been my
    neck or head :)
  12. cforrest

    cforrest Icon

    Jan 20, 2007
    Crap man, glad to hear it was nothing worse! Get well soon!
  13. NCMAT

    NCMAT Godfather

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wow, that had to hurt but watching all those new HD channels will help your recovery go much faster.

    Another good reason to mount your dish on a pole or side of the house if you can.
  14. jimmyv2000

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    i wont get on my roof way too high
    I have the PROTECTION PLAN
  15. rdiedrich

    rdiedrich Legend

    Sep 10, 2007

    Just kidding :D

    Get well soon!!

  16. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007
    Like Clint Eastwood says..."a man has to know his limits."
    I once reported I was rescheduling a job because I could not carry the 30ft ladder on the frozen lawn and bank. The roof had snow on it and the only place for the dish was a chimney in its' center.
    The call center said they would try to find another more competent tech and this would affect my completion percentage. No one else could climb the roof either. Clearly poor customer service!

    When you buy a ladder they come with an OSHA label warning that falls can hurt.

    Good post.......and the suggestion about ground mounts is a good one.

  17. Smooth Jazzer

    Smooth Jazzer Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    You meant to say the [FIBULA]:(
    There isn't a fibia...
  18. ccr1958

    ccr1958 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    thanks OSHA....this is very true :)
    thanks i got it changed in my OP

    thanks again for the funny pics & well wishes :)
  19. Mark20

    Mark20 Godfather

    Dec 24, 2006
    Several years ago my neighbor fell off a 6 foot ladder. Later that day he didn't feel too good so his wife took him to the emergency room. Turned out he ruptured his spleen big time and was bleeding internally. Emergency surgery!

    Be careful and make sure the ladder is set up right.

    Get well soon.
  20. jtn

    jtn Banned User

    Oct 18, 2007
    will tweak the dish especially the HD AT-9 or the Slimline dishes. Many report they do the install alright, but get semi-good strength. If the technician doesn't use the meter, then they are not doing the job right. Make sure you get high 90's on all satellites, which can be obtained if they do it right.
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