The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get

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

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I don't know. Not sure a line at the proper height to catch someone's neck in a pathway from a utility provider would be considered legal. They may have height requirements. Of course then satellite is sometimes treated differently so....
     
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Low voltage on private property where no traffic is expected?
    Some states or local goverments may have a law. The NEC says 12ft for power lines up to 300v but a satellite cable isn't a power line. In most places a low voltage line would likely fall under the "don't be stupid" laws ... no specific requirement but if you do it some court might find you guilty of negligence.

    (In a quick search I did not find any national standard for a low voltage coax line ... but I didn't spend long looking.)
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Some court, or maybe more likely some jury (same difference I guess). But that property looks like it has plenty of risk elements, not just a coax run.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    It's hard to tell but I look at the picture and it looks like the pole is on some neighboring property and I crossed over a I hated break in the fence. Don't know if that's a public walkway or not. That's what I was looking at. Heck it almost looks like it'd cross the freaking driveway. :lol:
     
  5. James Long

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    The driveway seems to be behind the dish. The gap in the fence is far from the roadway. It looks like a well worn path between the two properties but probably not "public". I cannot tell how tall the fence is ... at 5ft it would be a problem for me, at 6ft I would need to duck. It does not appear to be low enough to catch a person off guard and "clothesline" them. Where the cable crosses the driveway back to the house the height looks good.

    Best practices would have been to put it in a trench ... perhaps between the driveway and the fence to the garage if the driveway could not be trenched.
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    And use conduit too.
     
  7. Nick

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    I'm tryin' to go 'green' so I am puttin' up a clothesline in the back yard.
    I checked local codes first and there are no restrictions pertaining to
    such, but just to be on the safe side and to help minimize any chance
    of injury or liability, I'm going to reroute the clothesline and bury it. :sure:
     
  8. James Long

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    "Clothesline" is a serious type of injury to the neck or face, generally cause when a rider of a vehicle such as an ATV hits a wire extended across their path. The term is also used when a person is hit in the face or neck by an outstretched arm (such as in WWE).

    One of my high school classmates died of such an injury while riding a dirt bike. He apparently did not see a wire gate stretched across the entrance to a farmer's field. The wire did not have a sign or flags or other markings to make it clearly visible.
     
  9. PCampbell

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    All I can say is Start over!!!!!
     
  10. Masshole1225

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    Haha, yeah there was soooo much old, unused equipment left there... I was happy to leave with a perfectly fine swm16 though haha!
    The pole is on an old parking lot next to the house. It's a 'old house' type of hotel across the driveway. I'd say the lines going across the fence are 6' high.. I don't know if this was installed by a sub or what but a lot if people have worked on it over the years. But no one wanted to rebuild it I guess. Definitely a rebuild.

    Definitely the ugliest install I have EVER seen, and I've seen some terrible work.... it's almost impressive how awful it is lol

    Also, I'm pretty sure the lot it's on is their property.. so that's something I guess!
     
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    AntAltMike

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    As far as "trenching" a driveway is concerned, a very practical alternative is to dig a two foot long trench on one side of the driveway, and get a bunch of 18" long plumbing pipe "nipples" and a bunch of couplers and a couple of end caps and use a sledge hammer to drive the sections through to the other side. I've done it under 6 foot wide walkways, and if I had to, I could have gone further.

    Keep in mind that an installer who is doing contract installation is not going to work all day for free, and an installer who is on hourly will "disappoint" his employer if he spends twice the allotted time doing an ideal job when the labor needed to do so far exceeds the allotted or budgeted time.
     
  12. Raziel

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    Hey guys! First post here! I work in NJ. Just thought i'd share some **** shows I've come across/rebuilt.
     

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  13. Meglos

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    I think I see the shadow of the grim reaper in that last one. Seems appropriate!

    That big coil of coax on the LNB arm is quite something.
     
  14. Raziel

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    That's my shadow. Luckily my customer upgraded to wireless and we cleared that mess up.

    is there a thread for good installs? I'd like to show some of my work.
     
  15. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Well you could start one!
     
  16. slice1900

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    Not sure I'd consider the pic of the multiswitch with dead vines to be an install problem - I assume they grew after :)
     
  17. Nick

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    Great pics of bad work. Welcome to the board, Raziel!
     
  18. longrider

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    I agree the vines grew after but there is no support for any of the coax. It looks like the input lines are hanging midair while pulling on the connectors
     
  19. slice1900

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    Yeah, wasn't imply it was otherwise a good install, but the vines really take the appearance to the next level of bad :rotfl:
     
  20. James Long

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    Don't forget this is the Internet. Any "perfect" job you post would be subject to review, ridicule, etc. :)
     
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