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Recent Install - Quality Workmanship?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by TorinTPG, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. TorinTPG

    TorinTPG New Member

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    Are you referring to this cable? If so, this is the coax for my cable modem and not part of the DTV system. There is no drip loop on that either (been like that for years), but the grounding wire was re-connected by me after taking the picture.
     

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  2. TorinTPG

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    Alright...does this look any closer to what I need? I don't want any more holes in my vinyl siding, so I've not screwed anything down yet. I'm working with the amount of slack I have available at the time

    I've got to work on the ground and get it angled downwards, but any other issues you see?
     

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  3. HoTat2

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    Don't want to be burdensome on you;

    As I realize you're likely to the point of exasperation on this issue, but I have to say rotating the splitter that way now makes the bend radius of the coaxes coming out of the splitter really too sharp now. Particularly the lowest cable in the photo.

    Can you give some slack to the cables coming out of the splitter?

    The minimum bend radius along any section of an RG6 coax run should really not go below around 3 in.
     
  4. TorinTPG

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    Not burdensome at all! I'm just trying to make it correct since the techs cannot seem to do it for me

    Here is my latest attempt...please let me know how it looks! Be easy on me...been a long day dinking with this :grin:

    The single cable on the right is for my cable modem and is not for DTV. The ground coming from DTV is simply running through (insulated wire) this bracket and passes through the other side and down to the grounding rod - not attached. I tried to straighten out all of the bad kinks that the install left me, but I didn't want to push my luck since some of the coax could already be damaged

    It was raining earlier and most of the equipment seemed to keep pretty dry due to the overhang and the gutters
     

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  5. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    Ahhhhhh, much better now. Now if you can get the cable company to fix their ground, you will be golden!
     
  6. TorinTPG

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    I'll see what slack is available

    Other than the terminator I need to get for the spare output, anything else?
     
  7. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    you quoted me when I was responding to your earlier post. then you posted with the new pictures and I changed my post. confusing....
     
  8. peds48

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    This is how it should have been done from the get go. perhaps you can now apply for a job at DirecTV since you know more then the techs
     
  9. TorinTPG

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    Aye yi yi...what an ordeal!

    I was able to loosen up another wire as well. You can see how bad the tech had kinked the middle coax. This is one he had almost do a 90 degree inside the phone box. I've checked the reception and connection on the receiver and I'm at 99% signal strength on both tuners, so no longer term damage appears to have taken place
     

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  10. HoTat2

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    Got it!

    Much, much better;

    I can see how the first installer kinked the middle cable a bit, but no real damage done.

    Just get the terminating cap for the spare output and your all finished.

    Sorry about the need for more holes in your vinyl siding though to re-position the splitter that way which the second installer should have done originally.
     
  11. TorinTPG

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    I can always caulk the holes...just happy to be done

    Any suggestions where to pick up the terminator cap? I can get them online, but I think I have to order in bulk
     
  12. TorinTPG

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    I feel the need to fuss to Mastec and/or DirecTV from this entire ordeal. The upgrade and install was free, but still not an excuse

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  13. HoTat2

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    Got mine from Home Depot for about $8.95 for a package of 10 when the installers left several outlets on the two 8-way SWiM splitters on my SWiM-16 open when I first upgraded to SWiM and WH service back in '10.

    Price may have changed slightly by now though.
     
  14. TorinTPG

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    Got mine from Home Depot for about $8.95 for a package of 10 when the installers left several outlets on the two 8-way SWiM splitters on my SWiM-16 open when I first upgraded to SWiM and WH service back in '10.

    Price may have changed slightly by now though.


    Great - thanks!

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  15. The Merg

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    this is a bad example (loop on the left) as the cable coming down passes just by the connecting points and water will "jump" to those connectors . Loop on the right is to straight and with the nail clips will not let water run awaySent from my iPad using DBSTalk


    True. I couldn't find a good photo. I was mostly showing it for the point of what a drip loop looks like, although using that photo was probably not the best one to use.


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  16. TorinTPG

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    Bought my terminator cap today and tidied it all up. I think ima call it finished

    The splitter is a bit crooked, but whatever...
     

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    Bought my terminator cap today and tidied it all up. I think ima call it finished

    The splitter is a bit crooked, but whatever...


    Is there anyway you can position the splitter so the wires don't come down on top of it? That will keep water from running down the lines onto the splitter.


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  18. carl6

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    Maybe put a standoff under the coax just above the splitter so there is a physical gap between the coax and splitter. Alternately, possibly make a small rubber or plastic shroud to put over the splitter but under the coax to serve as a barrier. That could also serve to protect the splitter from direct rain.
     
  19. TorinTPG

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    Sounds like both are a quick fix

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  20. peds48

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    no need, even if water "jumps" to the splitter or cables, they have a good angle for the water to drip down. PERFECT.
     

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