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Old 05-29-2009, 07:29 PM   #16
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I have one last question regarding the mount shown on the link. The link states that it handles a 2 inch mast and a Ronard employee said that the dish shown on the mast is a 3 LNB. I am ordering a 5 LNB Ka Ku. So my question is:
Does anyone know if the 5 LNB Ka Ku has the same diameter mast. If it does, then I am ready to order the chimney mount. The employee did not know.

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Old 05-29-2009, 07:36 PM   #17
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I hope your chimney is secure without any loose bricks
I've seen chimney's that are twisted to pieces when a bigger dish gets hit with a strong wind
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:37 PM   #18
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The 5 LNB is a 2" mast. And the guy was wrong, it is a 5LNB in the photo.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:15 PM   #19
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Thanks Greg,
Will order it right away. I was also told by this employee that the dish installers for Directv do not want to install any brackets other then what they are paid to install. I think he's right about that. Getting information on chimney mounts or any other equipment from Direct TV and its contractors seems to be discouraged.
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Scuba Dave,
I would be more worried about the wind if I had let the installer mount the dish directly on the chimney using anchors and screws through brick that has hallow areas in it. Did you click on the link to see for yourself. That is one strong mount.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:27 PM   #21
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Well, if the chimney has detiorated it doesn't matter how strong the mount is. If the chimney is in good shape, no mortar between
the bricks failing - then you are good to go

But I saw a chimney with a secure mount for years (I lived in the area for 7 years) that the chimney was taken down (twisted) in a strong wind. The chimney was older, but had looked in good shape
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I was just on the roof and the chimney and mortor are ok. But I have to be careful when up there as I do feel uneasy.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:43 PM   #23
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Update on Chimney Mount & DTV.

Well after all my trouble and the forums help, its a no go. DTV has made it too difficult to do business with. DTV wants me to just get out of their way and let the installers install what they want and how they want. That appears to be their attitude. They will not budge one inch on any of my requests. Here are the reasons I canceled the order:
1. Chimney mount; forget it.
2. I want to examine the equipment to see if I am getting new, up to date, used or repaired; Forget it.
3. Insurance on the equipment? Five to six dollars a month is a bit steep based on the value of the equipment.
4. If a customer provides his own equipment; he does not get a permenant discount off the regular monthly charges.

When my old sat system was active, I ask them to offer me customer choice and not a packaged choice. Out of 150 channels, I only wanted to watch about 13 of them and they can lock the rest out just like they do with the premium channels. Forget it.
As long as they are still popular with the subscribers, they do not have any incentive to offer customer choice or discounts for present subscribers. They are one tough business; so am I. I went with "Comcast Cable".

One last thought to ponder:
150 channels or 250 channels? Does it really matter how many you got? Who has time to watch 250 channels a week or a month? But you are paying for them. You are not a working stiff if you watch that much TV. So why not customer choice? Think about it.
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Due to the contracts that all the providers have, they cannot offer ala carte. Neither could Comcast.
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DTV and DISH were once start up companys. Now if another one enters this market, they may be able to offer customer choice and then watch the battles begin; unless the FCC prohibits it.
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If you’ve chosen a satellite TV provider over your local cable company, one issue you might be having difficulty with is the installation of the dish itself. The dish provider company will offer to send a service technician out to your house for the initial installation, but they might charge a fee. And what if you have problems with reception afterward and need to make adjustments? Additionally, if you’ve chosen to install your satellite dish yourself, you may have to mount and adjust it a few times before you get it ‘picture perfect’. So, here is some information and tips to help you get the best signal from your satellite dish, including where to mount and how to adjust the dish for the best reception.
Where to Mount the Dish
The first step is deciding where to mount the dish. Because the actual satellite that sends the signals to your dish antenna resides in space about 22,300 miles above the equator, you’ll need to install it where you, yourself can see a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky. This is the guideline for selecting the generalized mounting area so you can then further determine exactly where to put it.
You should try to avoid mounting your satellite dish on the roof of your home because not only can that cause possible leaks, but you will also want to have easy access to it for clearing snow, leaves, etc. from the signal path or repositioning the dish later on. Think back to the old-style, roof-mounted metal ‘tree’ antennas that were used way-back-when, and what an inconvenience it was for someone to have to climb up to the top of the house and adjust it – not fun or safe, especially in bad weather.
How to Mount and Adjust the Dish

• Once you’ve chosen the exact spot, attach the mounting plate to your house so that it is flush and level with the mounting surface.

o Use silicone to fill in any extra space around the drill holes to prevent pests and the elements from getting inside.

• Assemble the antenna/dish and mount it to the plate.

• To determine the best position for the dish, you can use a compass in conjunction with the markings on the antenna mechanism itself. You can also use an electronic satellite locator to help you fine tune the signal reception.

• Attaching the cable to the antenna/dish and drill a hole to insert the cable through and hook that and the coax cable up to your TV and receiver box.

o Note: If you’re running the cable up or down through a wall to reach the TV, using a cable snake will help you maneuver it.
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