P.S. In advance - this isn't a flame against anyone on here. By taking the time to be on a site like this, you're showing commitment to your profession. This is about the average Joe clueless satellite installer I see around here... Hi, I was just wondering what people (especially the good satellite installers) opinion on why most satellite installs I've seen are horrible? Very amateurish mistakes are made frequently in all the satellite installs I've seen - one common problem I've fixed for quite a few friends is poorly done F-connectors. Half of them, the dielectric isn't flush with the connectors - sometimes sucked out 5-10mm. This is flakey at best and rarely works long term. Some installs don't even use compression connectors - still using ancient crimp on connectors. Often not done correctly! I've seen smushed on crimp connectors done by pro satellite installers! Or don't ever get me started on grounding - I've NEVER seen a system grounded by a professional satellite installer. NEVER. NEVER EVER EVER! Or alignment - most installs aren't exactly peaked well, resulting in bad rain fade problems and furthering the cable company's ammo against satellite. Many installs don't install watertight port seals. Some installers carry a signal meter but most just hook up the box and listen for the tone. Those with a meter generally have a cheap toy type one. On the other hand, the world's WORST cable installers consistently make practically perfect F-connections, are always VERY careful that everything is grounded properly, and use real signal testing equipment to check signal strength, SNR, and MER/BER on every outlet. All existing wiring is routinely inspected with every visit and poor quality patch cables are swapped out and connectors are redone in walls, etc... So why do most satellite installers (no offense to you good guys) to horrid sloppy work that only lasts a few weeks in many cases, while even the rudest most incompetent cable guys meet a standard of comparative excellence consistently?