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HDTV installation problems

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by kevin75, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Jan 2, 2009 #1 of 10

    kevin75 Cool Member

    Apr 29, 2008

    I just moved into an apartment complex on the first floor and the DTV installer came out yesterday and said that he couldn't install my HDTV dish because there was nowhere to install it because there wasn't any place sturdy enough for the support. I asked him about using a tripod type thing but he said the only other option was a pole in the ground, but my apt. manager said that's a no-go.

    The installer had not been doing it very long, so I was told they would send a more experienced installer out for a second opinion. When he comes out, if he tells me the same thing, I have read about people using the non penetrating mounts. I found this one:


    but I was wondering if it HAD to be used on the roof, or could I simply put it on the concrete porch of our apt., put some cinder blocks on it and be good to go?

    And for that matter, I would have to go ahead and buy it and have it here when the installer gets here because I wouldn't think that DTV sells them?

    One more question, if i ordered this mount, would I need anything else as far as adaptors, etc?
  2. Jan 2, 2009 #2 of 10

    rocket69 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2008
    non pen on ground shuld work just fine if he can have line of sight to the 101,99,103 if not then tripod wuld work just make sure they anker the tripod to your poarch with lag sheilds or tap con blue screws. Tripod shuld be fine aslong as the pole is not higher then 5' and its ancord down to prevent movement... Dont let those SOB's tell you ther is no line of sight use xxx.dishpointer.cXX to calculate your location for 101w directtv then get a compus to make sure your los is clear from trees 3 story buildings ect.. Iv gone to many locations whear direct and dish say no LOS but 80% of the time i get them up and running with no problems ..
  3. Jan 2, 2009 #3 of 10

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    The only issues with putting the mount on the ground are 1) is the place you want it an exclusive use area for you and 2) do you have los issues where you want it.
  4. Jan 2, 2009 #4 of 10

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    litzdog911 has a site that has worked fairly well for me:D
    try here:
    you will have to plug in your lat and long and the SATELLITE
    Any place you see the sun for all 3 sats(99/101/103) you can put your dish there:D
  5. Jan 2, 2009 #5 of 10

    kevin75 Cool Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    thanks for the input. the porch that we have is ours to use, so putting something on it wouldn't be a problem, i don't think. the line of sight i don't think should be an issue either as the only thing in the way of the dish, is the 2 story buildings that are about 200 ft. away.
  6. Jan 2, 2009 #6 of 10

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Bucket mounts are typically not recommended for professional installations of the Slimline dishes. Tripods may or may not be off-limits by installer policy due to issues with lashing them down. Non-penetrating mounts on the patio are likely on your dime.
  7. Jan 2, 2009 #7 of 10

    kevin75 Cool Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    so i have a couple of more questions....

    1. by bucket mount, do you mean putting a post in a bucket of concrete?

    2. i tried to find out what the dish model number would be so that i could get a non-penatrative mount, but all they could tell me is that it was a slimline dish. it will be a 5 LNB dish for HD reception but do i need any specific sort of NP mount (like the one above) or could i use this one:


    does anyone have any good recommendations as to a good flat mount?

    again, thanks for all of your help.
  8. Jan 2, 2009 #8 of 10

    eakes Godfather

    Sep 21, 2007
    Yes, the bucket mount is a pole and cement in a bucket.

    Your new dish will need a 2 inch OD pipe for mounting. The non-penetrating mount on your referenced site has a 2 inch mast and requires 8 cement blocks stacked on the grid for stability. That mount will work with the Slimline dish.
  9. Jan 2, 2009 #9 of 10
    Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

    Oct 16, 2006
    Apparently muffler shops are good places to find 2" OD pipe.
  10. jimmyv2000

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    Some fence companies carry 2 in OD posts also
    I had good luck with one local one just 2 weeks ago:D
    Also you can try a place that sell those Instant GaragesSome of those tubes that are part of the shell are 2 in pipe also.

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