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Do I need to have my instalation redone?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Sam_I_Am, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Sam_I_Am

    Sam_I_Am Cool Member

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    I just had a new setup installed last Saturday, SWiM HR24-200 and H25. After reading some threads here I looked at my sat-dish and they mounted it 3.5 feet from my Electrical drop masthead and they didn't install a ground block in the coax run. They used an under eave mount and 1x4 multiswitch. This is my first sat TV setup and my dealings with DirecTV. :confused:
     
  2. west99999

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    a ground block isnt needed as long as the splitter is grounded and the dish is too close according to code but if you have it moved you will then have holes in your roof to deal with so just leave it alone if its working
     
  3. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Photos?
     
  4. Sam_I_Am

    Sam_I_Am Cool Member

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    I looked at the pictures I took on my phone and the switch says UL US rated ground clamp-communications MSPLIT4R1-02, but it doesn't look like he ran a wire to ground from it. Nor did he run a ground wire from the dish mount.

    I have 2 pictures but don't have a place to host them.

    As for holes in the roof, that's why I have an under eave mount, so they didn't drill through the roof. It looks like they should have mounted it 2 rafters over from where it is. then it would be the proper distance from the periscope/mast.
     
  5. wallfishman

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    3.5 ft is fine i would not worry about it
     
  6. Sam_I_Am

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    There's a green screw at 2 corners of the multiswitch, should I run a wire from there to ground? Is 10 gauge solid copper the right size and does the dish body/mount need to be grounded too?
     
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    No, your installation wasn't done right (even though the conditions you describe are optimal).

    Now that that's out of the way, is it working?
     
  8. Sam_I_Am

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    It's working fine. I don't mind running a the ground wires myself. As the home owner I want to limit any liability and would like it to be 'to code'. The house was built in the mid '50's and I know I need to get an electrician in there and update some of the wiring. The family room was added in '87 and it's fine, but the bedroom that will be my computer room needs grounded outlets and part of the house still has an old fuse box that we'll have replaced with circuit breaker box. The outlet for the fridge needs replaced with a grounded outlet too.

    When we have that work done the City will probably send an inspector so I need anything he/she may see to be to code too. So I'm asking these questions to get ahead of the game. :confused:
     
  9. wallfishman

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    yes the way you want to run the ground will be fine 10 GA. Ive Never seen any kind of city or state inspector bother with anything with a directv installation. there are alot of jobs not grounded at all like almost every apartment or condo.
     
  10. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Lil paperclip here:
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  11. Sam_I_Am

    Sam_I_Am Cool Member

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    Here's the pics.

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    IMAG0053.jpg
     
  12. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    I see unapproved fittings and not grounded. 2 Strikes.
     
  13. chefwong

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    PPC EX6XL's are not approved these days ?
     
  14. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    They are, just not the ones with the boots. Why is anyones guess though.
     

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