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Yard/pole mount

boomstick68
04-07-2009, 12:09 PM
Are there any training videos on how to properly do a yard mount with the new Slimline dish? thanks :banghead:

justinbwill
04-07-2009, 01:26 PM
Are there any training videos on how to properly do a yard mount with the new Slimline dish? thanks :banghead:

Here is how:

You will need a 2" pole (its the corner post of a chain link fence). Make sure you are getting the right one, and not the 1 and 5/8 pole. It MUST be 2"

Ok... so take a hammer and beat the hell out of one end to flaten it.... BUT NOT ALL THE WAY... The end will look like an oval when you are done with about a 1/2" gap between walls. This will make it so that the pole won't spin after you concrete it.

Dig you hol about 24-30 inches. The way I know it's good is when the top of the pole is right at or below my belly button. (I am 6"2").

Now put in about 6 in of concrete and add A LITTLE but of water. Use a piece of re-bar to stab at the concrete and mix it. Repeat this process until the hole is half full.

Now you need to level the dish BOTH ways.. front to back and side to side. A 5 dollar torpedo level from Home Depot works great.

HINT: When you pull the pole one way or the other to level it, use the rebar to stab right at the side base of the pole/concrete to get it down in the gap you made by pulling the pole.

Now the the pole is level BOTH WAYS.... continue filling with 6" of concrete a tad of water and mix....... do that until it's about 2" from the top of the hole........ wait until the next day and then put your KAKU on.....

Installers don't have until the next day .... so I awlays finishe the install and mount the dish last.... Just to give it as much time as I can to let it set up.

Later

JW

boomstick68
04-07-2009, 01:28 PM
:yippee: Good tips, thanks. How does the dish connect to the pole?

justinbwill
04-07-2009, 03:17 PM
:yippee: Good tips, thanks. How does the dish connect to the pole?

The azel assembly has a collar that would normally set on the mast (for a roof mount).... That will set directly onto your pole and you will snug them down to where you can move the dish with a little effort. (Just enought to take the "rock" out of it). Then tune it in. Once you get it tuned into the azimuth suck those three collar bolts down TIGHT!

boomstick68
04-07-2009, 04:21 PM
The azel assembly has a collar that would normally set on the mast (for a roof mount).... That will set directly onto your pole and you will snug them down to where you can move the dish with a little effort. (Just enought to take the "rock" out of it). Then tune it in. Once you get it tuned into the azimuth suck those three collar bolts down TIGHT!
Ok, thanks.

Sykotic
04-07-2009, 06:15 PM
A pole slammer well worth the $20 home depot price. A pole mount is alot easier to actually mount the dish to, and to make adjustments or clear snow from. BUT.. Always keep the pole level. Also pipecutters if you damage the top of the pole too bad. GL

justinbwill
04-07-2009, 06:25 PM
A pole slammer well worth the $20 home depot price. A pole mount is alot easier to actually mount the dish to, and to make adjustments or clear snow from. BUT.. Always keep the pole level. Also pipecutters if you damage the top of the pole too bad. GL

I know techs that use that post driver.... but I have seen it damage poles.... thus needing the pipe cutter....

Just do it the way I said and take your time... You will be fine... I have done a million pole mounts. =)

Sykotic
04-07-2009, 06:30 PM
using the poleslammer its hard to damage the 2", but the standard.. yea it tears it up a bit. thats what the pipe cutters are for.

bender
04-07-2009, 07:03 PM
Can anyone recommend some sort of support bracket for my pole-mounted Slimline that would help keep the dish from shaking during a strong wind? I am having major pixellation and signal loss during windy days because the dish is blowing around so much!

justinbwill
04-07-2009, 07:28 PM
Can anyone recommend some sort of support bracket for my pole-mounted Slimline that would help keep the dish from shaking during a strong wind? I am having major pixellation and signal loss during windy days because the dish is blowing around so much!


I have a guess or two about what you have going on..... it's either one of these or a combo of them:

1)Your pole isn't in the ground deep enough. Even if your pole is in the ground 3 feet but your pole is 10 feet tall it will move much more than a pole that is in the ground one foot and that is 4 feet tall. The taller the pole the more the movement that will occur.

2)Your dish isn't perfectly aligned to begin with. You should be getting atleast mid 80's on the 103 and 99 satellite on a perfect day. If it's any lower than that then wind will GREATLY affect your HD.

Is your pole near anything like a deck or a house? If so you can get some monopoles (that come with the KAKU) and brace it from the pole to something near it.

If there is nothing near by... then get your hands on some monopoles (the long ones). Then directly in front of your pole about 1.5 to 2 feet away concrete a 4x4 post about 4 feet deep in the ground. Make sure to cut it so that it's lower than your dish. Then do the same to the side. Wait a day for the concrete to set then attach the monopoles with 3 inch lag screws. (pre drill the holes)

Sykotic
04-07-2009, 08:42 PM
The pole should be driven in 1/3 of the length of the pole. I dont think it was put deep enough. I would call now and let D* know and have them send a tech to correct it.

OlderNDirt
04-08-2009, 08:30 AM
justinbwill:

In anticipation of moving my dish from the roof to a pole mount, I was told by a D*tech that the cables "must be routed up through the pole". I was planning on running it through some pvc pipe coming up right next to the pole. Does it have to come through the pole or what do you recommend? Thx.

tumbleweed
04-08-2009, 08:40 AM
justinbwill:

In anticipation of moving my dish from the roof to a pole mount, I was told by a D*tech that the cables "must be routed up through the pole". I was planning on running it through some pvc pipe coming up right next to the pole. Does it have to come through the pole or what do you recommend? Thx.

I can't imagine why they would need to come up through the pole? :confused: I think you should get another opinion about that.

glennb1
04-08-2009, 08:45 AM
justinbwill:

In anticipation of moving my dish from the roof to a pole mount, I was told by a D*tech that the cables "must be routed up through the pole". I was planning on running it through some pvc pipe coming up right next to the pole. Does it have to come through the pole or what do you recommend? Thx.

If the pole is set in concrete you can't run the cables thru it. You'll be running the cables along side the pole and burying them when you get to the ground level.