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Late last night I was getting an error communicating with the dish. Tracing back I found the ground block outside was severely corroded, despite having weather boots on them. Because of this, the moisture wicked into the coax and the stinger was green, cracked and one cable it broke right off. I cut the ends off and put new PPC EX10 fittings on them and put a temporary 3 GHz barrel in place. Systems working great and signals are excellent.

The old ground block is still screwed into the side of the house cinder block, and the messenger wire from the SAT coax is still connected to it, as well as the green grounding wire. So it's grounded in that sense, just not tied into the coax shield since its on a separate barrel.

Realizing it should be a ground block and also trying to prevent this from happening in the future, can I locate this GB in the same plastic cable guard enclosure on the side of my house where my CATV terminates? Can I ground them to the same point with a dual ground block? Or should the DirecTV ground block be completely separate and in its own enclosure? I noticed Perfect Vision has a $4.99 enclosure, but if I can just put the Sat and CATV in the same enclosure that would be neater. I already have a telco enclosure so one less box is nice, but I also want to do it right. The CATV enclosure has 2 RG-11's in it (one terminated and one spare).
 

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Temp barrel and old fitting shown and existing ground block
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Existing double ground block in CATV box
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Can I use the existing ground block in my CATV box? It's a double and only one is used for CATV Internet / phone / clear qam. That keeps it out of the weather and there's enough slack to do it. Then I wouldn't have to buy anything.

The only concern I have is the CATV double ground block is not a blue barrel. Not sure if that makes a difference but CATV levels through it are great to 860 MHz at least.
 

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