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Sealing up outdoor connections

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by firefighter4evr, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. firefighter4evr

    firefighter4evr Legend

    Sep 17, 2008
    When i had my install in june, I mounted my dish and ran all NEW RG6 cable from the dish to my central location (with a grounding block mounted in a metal box at the entry point to the house), then to each of my receivers. Doing this i knew i would have all new cable and only two breaks in the lines for possible loss. My dish was peaked (getting all 95% and above) everything was all ready for the contractor to come and only have to hook up the receivers, activate and leave......

    Well, the contractor shows up.... hooks up all my receivers, activate them and they all work great! still getting 95% and above on all transponders. i am a happy customer (for now):)

    Then, the contractor says that he needs to go up to the roof to peak the dish then, he will be out of my hair so i can enjoy my new setup:confused:

    I asked him why? my lowest is 95%.....

    he then explains that "Its D*'s policy that they MUST PEAK THE DISH TO THE MAXIMUM SIGNAL" and if they don't D* fines them $200 or more :lol: :lol:

    Knowing this is TOTAL BS, i decided that if he really wants to crawl up on a wet rubber roof in a rainstorm on a 4 story building well, power to him... but, i tell him first that i have brand new cable and i DONT want any cuts in the lines..

    Going up to the roof this weekend i come to find that he not only cut one line but, ALL FOUR LINES!!!! :mad: he then used crimp style ends and barrel connectors to join the lines back together:mad:

    I have since replaced the ends with compression fitting and clean up the barrel connectors but, my question is... how can i seal up those connections (make em water proof)... would simply taking off the connections and putting a nice layer of the tape plumbers use on the threads of pipe work??? and other tips?
  2. 69hokie

    69hokie Icon

    Sep 23, 2006
    I used a silicone sealer to coat my exterior connectors. I think GE makes it and I got it at Home Depot.
  3. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Silicone Dielectric Grease. Google, get a small tube (you may find this in automotive stores too), squirt a small drop into each connector. It will take up all of the internal space and give moisture no place to enter. Torque the connectors to 30 inch/lbs. (but only finger-tight on the LNB).
  4. firefighter4evr

    firefighter4evr Legend

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, i think thats the crap they try to sell ya every time you buy new spark plug wires... in fact i may have some :) thanks

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