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Is Your Dish Grounded?

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Steve, Apr 28, 2007.

Is your dish grounded?

  1. No

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  2. Not sure

    68 vote(s)
    52.3%
  3. Earth Ground

    7 vote(s)
    5.4%
  4. House Ground

    55 vote(s)
    42.3%
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  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    I have overseen 6 dish installations over the years (four of my own), by 6 different installers. In none of them did the installer actually run a ground wire from the dish to either an earth or a house ground. I'm curious what % of installations are actually grounded. If you know whether or not yours is, please take the poll and let us know. TIA. /s
     
  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    4' grounding rod driven into the earth at the base of my 6' "dish tree".
     
  3. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan Active Member

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    Well, the installer did not ground the dish.

    I grounded it. I tied it into the grounding rod.
     
  4. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    I ground the cables inside to bleed off noise and static, but I do not ground the dish.
     
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    That would be a no.
     
  6. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf New Member

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    All coax lines and dish grounded to the same point, where the electrical box on the side of my house is grounded to.
     
  7. 585960

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    that would be yes!!
     
  8. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf New Member

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    But is that considered a house ground or earth ground? It's grounded with all the other utilities at the side of my house, but all of those run into the ground. I voted Earth Ground.
     
  9. Tom M

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    When I built a house and installed my own system 9 years ago I grounded the system. When I did a Movers Connection a bit over 2 years ago the installer grounded the system by connecting it to the existing ground. When I did a MC and later an HD upgrade a few months ago the installers never installed any grounds nor did they tie anything to any existing grounds.
     
  10. 585960

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    I would think earth ground too. My reason for thinking (excuuuuse me for thinking) is the electrical box, goes to earth ground. If you ground to say a cold water pipe, etc. thats a house ground, right?
     
  11. Fish Man

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    House electrical ground, telephone NID ground, and Dish/Coax ground are all clamped to the same physical ground rod (driven, I assume, by the electrician who wired the house).
     
  12. Tom Robertson

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    In my present house, all electrical services (electricity, phone, cable, dish, multiswitches, and coax) are grounded at the same point to the same ground rod.

    Likely has not been true of all my houses.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  13. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    That's not always true, Tom .. But yes, it should be.
     
  14. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Sorry, was describing my situation in my current house. I realize that many houses are not as well laid out as mine with all the services entering within a very short distance of each other. I didn't check on all my other houses, but I'm highly suspicious they were not very kosher.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  15. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Nevada County is quite "unique".
    I have a pole mount dish that goes about four feet into the ground. I have underground service with no visible signs of a ground [though the power box has seals on it limiting my inspection], and the phone line is grounded to a water pipe [which turns to PVC for the underground feed].
    Anybody want to take bets? :lol:
     
  16. alexcohen

    alexcohen AllStar

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    My Installer(s) wouldn't even know how to pronounce the word.
     
  17. n3ntj

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    I am an electrical engineer and inspector and routinely see dish installs done improperly. The local install company (Ironwood) that subcontracts for D* has no clue what "NEC" means let alone any of the NEC requirements. I had to get them here 5 times to properly ground my dish.. I explained to each installer what the NEC required and even printed out the pertinent pages from the code book, but it was greek to them. They do not train their employees what NEC requires. I think they get most of these guys off the street.

    I ended up contacting the state atty generals office. Who knows how many other installs aren't done properly and the avg. person would have no idea. Is Ironwood liable if a home catches fire or occupant is injured because of an ungrounded satellite install?

    I knew what the code required and could have done it myself, but it was Ironwood's job to do it right, not the customers.
     
  18. Car1181

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    When I installed my own dish on my summer cabin I followed the directions and grounded the dish. No installer has ever grounded my dishes (Standard, 3lnb,5lnb) at my home.
     
  19. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Bet? Noper, no way. But best guess...not very likely.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  20. n3ntj

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    These can be on the same ground rod, but each is required to have separate ground clamps on the rod. If on separate ground rods, each needs to be bonded to the electrical service ground rod.

    Water lines are ok if:
    1. The home has metal plumbing. A lot of newer homes don't and the installer doesn't check or ask.
    2. If an above ground water spigot (not coming out of the home), the waterline is in contact with 10' of continuous earth.
     
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