Installing Your Satellite Dish

By: David Johnson

When you join most all of the leading satellite service providers you will receive a free satellite TV system and also free installation will come with it. It’s a great deal and its all done to insure that you get the right equipment for their service and that it is installed correctly.

Almost all of these service providers use their own in-house installation experts to do the job, because there are a few things that someone really needs to know to do the job correctly. One of these things that is important is to install the dish as close to the receiver as possible, so you use the least amount of cable. If you use too much cable, it will make for a weaker signal and it can have a negative effect on the picture on the TV screen.

The first time around they will do the installation free of charge, but if you should move to a new residence then you are responsible for having the satellite system installed at the new residence. Your service provider will do the installation as many times as you need them to, but after the first time is free installation and the rest are done for a fee.

Installing a satellite system basically involves installing the dish and running the cable from the dish to the satellite receiver.

Just like any other home improvement task, it can be very easy or there can be snags along the way. One rule to remember is to not get excited and run right up on your roof and attach the dish to your first choice of places, because this place may not turn out to be the best option.

The first thing to do is to survey your home and attic to find the best route for the cable. The shortest route is the best route. Use a flashlight and get up in the attic and see where you can access and where you can’t. Sometimes it is best to do this at night due to the heat in the attic and also you might remember to bring some wasp and spider spray and a stick to swoosh aside any cob webs.

Be careful in the attic that you don’t step though the ceiling of your house and also be very careful on the roof of your home. After you have ran your cable from the receiver to the general area that you are going to install the dish, then you are ready to install the dish. Make sure that the view of the dish is unobstructed and that the dish has a solid surface to attach it to.

If you are going to attach it to a wood surface, such as a verge rafter or a gable wall, then make sure that it is solid wood that has no dry rot. Make sure that the dish has a clear view to the south and you can use a compass to do this. When you connect your cable to the dish make sure that you use a cable connector that is for exterior connections, it will have a rubber boot that covers the connection and protects it from the weather.

Secure any loose hanging cable to the outside surface nicely so it wont flop around when the wind blows and also so no birds will land on it. Make your final adjustments to the dish and you are good to go.

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