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The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Mertzen, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. TimG517

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    NICE! If only I thought to take pictures...
    Anyway, in the real ghetto of Detroit are two, long apartment buildings. One either end of the building is a Dish Network 500 dish. Connected to that dish are 20 - 30 - 34 switches, at least!
    I had to do a new install there when I was in training. It was quite simple. The trainer hooked up the boxes, I ran a line from the guys window to one of the 20 - 30 switches attached to the building. I found an open hole, and plugged the cable in! It worked. He then insisted we test the Latino Playboy channel....
     
  2. azphi

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    Here is a DirecTV install, don't want dish network to have all the fun.

    I guess the guy ran out of lag bolts, and forgot his ladder!!:grin:
     

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  3. davedusz

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    So I have a legacy dish mounted 20 years ago to the power feed pipe (periscope?) and the dish is at least 5 feet away from the top where the power lines come out. I've had zero problems in twenty years, but I'm guessing this would not make code by today's standards. Are there any real risks in leaving the dish where it is?
     
  4. BattleZone

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    It's a violation of NEC (national electric code) and a very real electricution danger to any one who has to work on it. As a tech, if I rolled up to your house and your dish was on the periscope, I would have to inform you that your old dish had to be abandoned and that I could only work on your system if I installed a new dish at least 10' away from the periscope and power cables. And, no, I wouldn't remove the old dish.
     
  5. TwoPhases

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    How'd it get installed on the periscope?
     
  6. Sep 2, 2010 #226 of 557
    ndole

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    Some lovely photos I took on a QC yesterday. Great cabling job here. [​IMG]
     

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  7. Sep 2, 2010 #227 of 557
    johnp37

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    Holy crap!! You mean to tell me the installer considered this a completed job? A disaster doesn't do the word justice. Was this a Directv install or Dish network?
     
  8. Sep 2, 2010 #228 of 557
    MysteryMan

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    After viewing your photos I find it hard to believe the installer was allowed to do solo work!
     
  9. Sep 2, 2010 #229 of 557
    ndole

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    New Directv SWiM & MRV install. Less than 7 days old. No attempt to ground (although there was an unsealed barrel laying on the ground in front of the electric meter). And upstairs there was pre-existing RG-59 throughout. Not going to last pushing that 2-2150Mhz. Not to mention the sensitivity with the addition of DECA. :nono2:
     
  10. Sep 2, 2010 #230 of 557
    jefbal99

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    My lord, that is a disgrace...
     
  11. Sep 3, 2010 #231 of 557
    Manctech

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    Got some good ones today.


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    and a rebuild I did.



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    yea thats right. I even rebuilt the plant!
     
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    JACKIEGAGA

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    Did you give the plant some steroids :lol:

    Nice job cleaning up that work.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2010 #233 of 557
    Manctech

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    Haha some zip ties and some green ground wire and it was looking better but the poor thing was beat up! Ms. Customer was more upset about that than the cabling! :D They were super nice people.

    The story behind that one was, the guy (a long time tech) went out there for a MRV upgrade. Swapped out the "silver receiver" so either H20 or R15 for a HR24 and a D10 for a D12. Then he couldn't get either SWM or MRV to work so he pulled out the SWM equipment and hooked the 6x8 back up and just left. Customer said he went outside to check on him and he was gone!!!!

    He never repeat setup on the D12 so it was stuck in SWM mode. That was in the little girls room (she was 7 and it was her birthday) She was so happy to get her tv back she hugged me and told me iCarly was her favorite show (it was on).


    It's jobs like that, that make me forget about the rest of the BS that we techs put up with it. It's good to feel appreciated. And the guy even threw me a 10$ tip even though I told him it really wasn't necessary.

    This was a last minute rebuild (sup called me at 5pm). I'm getting flat rated for the work + I get labor day off!!!!
     
  14. Sep 3, 2010 #234 of 557
    JACKIEGAGA

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    I had 2 installs done and they both went very well. There are good installers out there
     
  15. Sep 6, 2010 #235 of 557
    rabid_hobbit

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    @manctech - That's why I like this thread; it shows the worst of the worst, but also we get to see how it gets fixed by the best. For every bad tech out there, there's at least an equal number of truly dedicated and professional ones. Kudos to you.
     
  16. RobertE

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    Ran across this high quality dish install today. :D

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  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Oh my!!!!

    That's a doozy.
    :eek2::eek2:
     
  18. HoTat2

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    There's one consolation I guess. It's certainly be easy to reposition the dish to either the eastern or western arcs if necessary. Though actually keeping it on either arc as well as preventing passersby from obstructing the signal is another story entirely. :D
     
  19. jerry downing

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    Back in the early days of DBS, we were allowed to do a self install. I did something similar to the above photo so I could check equipment while I waited for the weather to improve to the point where I could do a permanent installation.
     
  20. Manctech

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    No words on this one. This was a service call. H20 was pixelating. Signal was in the 70's other HD receivers worked fine. H20 was overheating so I replaced it. Went outside to peak the dish and found this.

    Dish bolts

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    Sleaved Pole (Meaning was a 1 3/4 pole with a sleeve to accommodate 2" dish.

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    Leftovers?

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    Think the install tech ran out of bolts to assemble dish

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    Rebuilt with proper pole/dish assembly

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    Proper cabling

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