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Pics of SWM8 install

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Jason Whiddon, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Jason Whiddon

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    4 wires from Slimline to box on side of house (underground, 90's are for weedwacker protection)
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    One cable into Cox junction
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    One cable into attic to PI
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    Diplexer after PI fro OTA
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    Diplexer behind Tv
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  2. Mertzen

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    Looks ok and I am sure to get flak for this as always, but from a QC / D* spec standpoint :

    - No service loops at dish [ exra slack yes but doesn't look neat ]
    - No #17 from ODU to ground
    - No #10 from ground block to common ground [ not sure what gage that yellow wire is ]

    And something I would have done different; mount an elbow piece at the start of the conduit to prevent it from flooding. I suggest plugging that somehow.
     
  3. Jason Whiddon

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    1) Yeah, did not leave myself enough slack after making ends

    2) Was not sure where to ground at the Dish(was not grounded by D* installer at old residence)

    3) Not sure about the size, it was used a ground by a previous installer. Goes from SWM8 to grounding block inside Cox junction, which is tied into home ground.

    Im prob going to seal the holes, theres no conduit underneath the ground but I think itd help erosion.

    That being said, the post wasnt to show off my technical skill, just to help all the SWM8 mounting and diplexer questions.
     
  4. RobertE

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    And

    - No weather proofing on exterior connectors
    - Diplexers
    - Non approved F-Connectors (only approved ones are PPC EX6, not saying the others arn't fine, just not "approved")

    Instant QC fail.
     
  5. Jason Whiddon

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    Weather proofing of connectors is on order.

    Gimme a break on the diplexers

    Connectors are weather proof and better than some installers use. I dont know why I expected anything less from some of the posters on this site.

    Pretty funny you guys get high and mighty for a amateur install. Ill order "how to be an anal installer" next time before I proceed.
     
  6. Mertzen

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    Nah actually it's how to be a QC / Tech supervisor. :lol:

    Anyways, we sure appreciate your work and hell it's probably better then a lot of work out there. But remember you are submitting it too the harshest of judges here.
    And even the work I do and post here gets shot down. :eek2:

    Oh and you would self tap a ground lug to the mast or dish. I self tap the #17 but that is a QC fail, just can't get my hands on the lugs.
     
  7. Jason Whiddon

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    Thanks, Ill look at finishing the Dish ground in the next couple a weeks.

    It does not really bug me, just funny because I quit using installers due to incompetence and sloppiness (like loose wires and not properly peaked dish's), then you hear guys on here talking about failing QC.

    Maybe people get irritated because you are doing it yourself instead of keeping lazy installers employed(not a shot at all installers, just the lazy ones).


    Main reason for the post is because I had to ask a lot of questions on the SWM8 and diplexers, hopefully itll point newbies in the right direction and how to not fail QC :haha
     
  8. RobertE

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    It's all good man. Just busting your stones.

    Installers take a lot of heat for doing similar things that you did on your install. Only difference is when Joe User posts how the installer didn't weather proof or properly ground, every Tom, Dick & Harry come out of the woodwork like clockwork to bash away. So everything is fair game when pictures are posted. :grin:

    Overall, you did a very nice job, better than quite a few I have seen. I take pride in my work and don't hesitate a second to throw co-workers under the bus when they do half-assed work. It only makes more/harder work for me.
     
  9. Juppers

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    Why not use the built in OTA input on the SWM8?
     
  10. rkramer48

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    If you have multiple receivers, what do you use to split the feed?

    Multiswitch?

    Splitters?

    Pixie Dust?:)
     
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    Whats up with the bolts on the pole? (I didnt find any problems with the install by the way. Besides one crimped connector)
     
  13. Jason Whiddon

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    Maybe I was a little testy :) . A lot of what I did not do, was because I did not know to do it :)

    Did not want to run the feed that far

    Thats a trick I learned awhile back from a guy on here when replacing a Dish 1000.2 (1.75" pole) with a Slimline. 24" 2" pc of exhaust from an autoparts store. Bolt it down and the slimline fits nicely.

    I know some say the 1.75" pole isnt enough, but I used this same setup for 8-9 mo's previously and it went thru some bad tropical storms. Works well if you cant find a 2" pole. I also think it requires that the 1.75" not be too tall and firmly cemented.

    I was wondering where the crimped connector was, then I noticed its the little short one that was previously feeding the Dish ViP722, given to me by a Dish installer.
     
  14. cartrivision

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    The only problem I see is that your poll mount looks like it's about 90 degrees out of plumb.
     
  15. kevinm34232

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    Is that a 2" pole over a 1 5/8" pole?
     
  16. Jason Whiddon

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    2" OD over 1.8 OD
     
  17. jdspencer

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    I was about to point that out, but you did it more eloquently. I also mentioned it in his thread on the other forum. :lol:
     
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    Nope i downloaded his pictures and rotated them. It's no way his pole could be 90 degrees out of plumb and work. I think you never saw a tilt for a ODU on the east coast.
     
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    The other thing I'd do different is to rotate your pics (my neck hurts) and identify each one above each pic, so the reader doesn't have to keep scrolling back up to see what the next pic is going to be.
     
  20. Jason Whiddon

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    I was wondering if they were being sarcastic or something :eek2:
     

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