The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get

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

  1. Dec 5, 2011 #401 of 557
    avmaster

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    I haven't looked at this thread in a long time, but wow, i looked at this picture for about 2 seconds and i already see a better way to install it, and safer. The wire ties on the monopoles, c'mon, really? Clamp em if you can't actually bolt them. One really easy way to mount a dish to a balcony rail is to use two mast bases, and use bolts to sandwich to the rail. That huge pole has a lot of leverage on those 2 x 4's and they can and will give way in any decent windstorm, the monopoles are a joke, those wire ties will give way instantly. I would reconsider anytime you decide to do something like that again, it only takes one time for a dish to fall and injure someone or cause property damage.
     
  2. Dec 5, 2011 #402 of 557
    ndole

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    It's only a matter of time before these kinds of installations cause damage or (hopefully not) injury. It will only take one particularly litigious customer before this sort of thing will be put to a grinding halt in [that area].
     
  3. A_Bear

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    It is a dish network installation
     
  4. TBoneit

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    Thanks, I was curious.

    Some of the dishes in my area, especially the 18" round, are so weathered you can't really tell.

    My dish is located on the roof where you can not see it from the street and only the neighbors on the street behind me can see it. That was one of my requirements at install.

    Next door The DirecTV dish is mounted on the north side of the roof just below the ridge line. It really looks ugly sticking up over the roof line there. Down the street you can hardly see the pole mount on the street side of the house.

    Is there some requirement now that the dish should be plainly visible for advertising purposes?

    Cheers
     
  5. Drucifer

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    Just LoS and Easy Access are the First and Second requirements.
     
  6. TBoneit

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    Where that one next door is located is by the roof line on a modified cape cod with a full width dormer.

    Where mine is situated you can't see it, even from the back yard unless you go all the way back to the fence.

    Mine has been there since the days where I bought two RCAs, one with a 18" dual LNB dish.

    DirecTV and USSB back then and darned expensive hardware. I took a look at Satellite TV then to see why the local cable company was knocking it. Big mistake on their part as I hadn't really heard of Satellite TV except via BUDs.
     
  7. bhuber

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    I saw this driving home from work...

    2012-01-03_16-21-56_459_edit0.jpg
     
  8. The Merg

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    "Hey, honey, can you turn the truck a little more to the left? The signal is a little low." :lol:

    - Merg
     
  9. aaronwt

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    WOW! Some of these pics are just amazing!!
     
  10. prestone683

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    The giveaway for installers is the tilt of the dish and the LNB. It becomes quickly apparent if you handle them every day.

    And secondly. LOS is king. But I'm proud to install a commercial job and make the dish just barely visible.

    It's that. 'We chose Directv'. It's rewarding.
     
  11. Jodean

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    Nope, install worked as planned, customer moved into new house 2 months later. Never had an issue. Dish was taken down.

    Those zip ties are WAY stronger than one might believe, ive hung off a mast before and they wouldnt give. Now im not that fat, but they hold way longer than i could have imagined, even bouncing on the mast. Ive tried breaking zip ties by force on tear outs, they usually win and i have to grab my cutter.

    Cant use two mast bases on a powder coated railing, it will nick the railing and cause the customer a security deposit. Wood only on metal rail.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2012 #412 of 557
    Annihilator31

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    Ok, I have a few pics that I have been saving. These were taken while on service calls. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. Apr 2, 2012 #413 of 557
    Annihilator31

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  14. Apr 3, 2012 #414 of 557
    cabletech

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    Thanks annihilator, I like it, need more installs like these
     
  15. virgilio

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    what kind of cable i have to run from the power suply to the 4x8 swicth
     
  16. cabletech

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    A normal 4x8 switch does not need a power supply.

    If you do have a powered 4x8, then it uses a 18 to 24vdc 'wallwort' with a 3.5mm plug.

    Look on the switch and the power port will be marked.
     
  17. May 3, 2012 #417 of 557
    funnyfarm299

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    I beg to differ. I go through 100+ zip ties a week, and I've had zips bust open while just installing them. There is a huge amount of variation in quality.
     
  18. May 4, 2012 #418 of 557
    ndole

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    Right. If you're going to use zip ties to fasten a mast, you might as well use velcro, or string :lol:

    Shoot, the string would probably work better.
     
  19. May 4, 2012 #419 of 557
    Nick

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    Is that your theory? :p
     
  20. May 4, 2012 #420 of 557
    ndole

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    :lol:

    I just agree that zip ties are not exactly "High quality ratchet straps". And if you wrapped the foot of a mast to something with rounds and rounds of string, it'd almost surely hold longer :p
     

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