Tips For Installing Your Own Satellite TV System

There are 2 options available to you with respect to its installation: either pay to get the work done or do it yourself, which is what many do. The first step to installing a satellite system is to prepare a list of all that you will require and buy it, which includes the hardware for fixing the dish on your new home. If you are going to climb up on your roof then exercise caution and if it is icy, it is better to wait till the end of the winter and instead fix the dish on a tripod till then.

This is because icy roofs are highly slippery and a fall from just 3 feet can make you invalid for life. Find a good place with a clear view of the southern sky that you can access and fix the dish. Before carrying out the actual task of fixing the dish, go inside your attic or below your home and ensure you can run the cable to the dish once it has been fixed.

If this is possible, fix the dish with solid lag screws, tightly fixed into the framing wood present within the wall, if you want to fix on an external wall. If you spend a little time driving around to take a look at other peoples satellite dishes you will observe that the best place to install one is on a gable rafter on a gable wall of a home, since they are generally 2/8 lumber which is very robust.

To run the cable you must enter the attic or below your home and for this task, you should have a “swosh stick” and a tin of wasp spray if there are wasps or spider webs that you may encounter. For attic, you might have to wait for nightfall during summer, since an attic can be very hot during the summer. Don’t step through the ceiling of your residence while you are in the attic, as it will lead to a big repair job that will offset any savings that you would have made by doing the task yourself.

If you run the cables, ensure you remove all the ends properly and make tight connections at the couplers or you will have to find the loose connections after you are done which can be irritating. Carefully nail all the loose cables to the base of walls after you are done and remember go slowly for a nice job.