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Zinwell out in the rain??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by PicaKing, Oct 21, 2007.

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  1. tooloud10

    tooloud10 Legend

    Sep 23, 2007
    That's an interesting point, and it actually reassures me a little. I've basically told myself that I'll just wait for my "Zip-tied to the dish" outdoor multiswitch to start showing a problem--I assume it would present itself on a single output first--before calling D* and complaining.

    I don't feel bad about my strategy because it works fine and I don't technically have any way of proving that it'll ever be a problem.
  2. Mike500

    Mike500 Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2002
    The best solution, as I said before, is a weatherproof box with bottom entries and exits for the cables.

    Otherwise, the fittings should be horizontal with the connectors higher than the cables. i.e. "drip loops."

    Arranged this way, any moisture that gets in drains out quickly. The longer it takes anything to dry; the more damage and corrosion can occur.
  3. Annihilator31

    Annihilator31 Legend

    Nov 21, 2006
    Couldn't have said it better myself! Most service calls are related to bad outdoor fittings or groundblock damaged by moisture. If you use a weather box, you should be well protected. The best protection, if available, is not to have any connection's outdoors other than at the dish. Otherwise the drip loops or just keeping the fittings above the cable is right on! Also, seal off the entry holes with silicone.
  4. PicaKing

    PicaKing Godfather

    Oct 8, 2006
    Let me ask this another way as there seems to be a lot of disagreement here--I see every answer from "it should be installed inside" to "it needs to be in a protective box" to "mine is out in the rain and it's fine" . Does anyone have their multiswitch out in the rain and had it fail because of its exposure to the elements??
  5. jtn

    jtn Banned User

    Oct 18, 2007
    My installer put the Zinwell switch inside. It doesn't look to me that it would be very durable outside elements. The back isn't housed in metal, it's like styrofoam.
  6. Xing

    Xing Legend

    Oct 1, 2007
    I have had my multiswitch out in the rain with no protective boots, box, or anything covering it for over a year. My multiswitch has been through a tough ice storm, rain, snow, and heat and has never had any problem. I went out there Saturday and it looked good as new, no exterior damage and my signal is just as good now as it was at the install. I also removed all of the cables and there was no corrosion what so ever.
  7. slimline

    slimline Legend

    Oct 29, 2007
    i have installed hundreds of zinwell 6x8 s i found that on a foundation
    just under the sideing works good. ive mounted them on the 2 inch pipe
    for long cable runs zip strips just like dish does.
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