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Old 06-04-2006, 05:43 AM   #1  
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I'm considering DirecTV and I've got an installation question. I live in a condominium. I have no problem with reasonable rules. Condo rules limit me to my deck, which is on the ground floor. Luckily, my deck has a Southwest exposure. I think the wall of my neighbor's house cuts in at just before due South.

One other complication: These decks are set for reconstruction sometime over the next few years, both in terms of the the actual affixing and in terms of the reconstruction period. Can the dish be securely installed (maybe in a concrete pedestal, chain-locked to the deck?), in such a way that I can move it myself and realign it (keep in mind that I'm not all that handy) for a few days while they reconstruct the deck?

Beyond that, what kind of cable does DTV need to send into my house. From my basement, I can see where the cable company coax comes into the house. (We cannot just use it, because we still need cable Internet.) However, I can also see LIGHT, so I bet I can sqeeze another coax through the same hole. No drilling. Everyone would be happy, right? Then the DTV can co-opt the existing coax that runs from the basement to the living room.

So what can/should I do? Is there someone I can talk to about installation options, before placing an order?
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:53 AM   #2  
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Directv and the installation company can handle those issues at time of order placement.

When you place your order with directv, explain the situation and make it a part of the agreement that when the deck is reconstructed that directv will reinstall the dish at no charge.

Also let the technician decide with you the best options for installation before or when they arrive.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:05 AM   #3  
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I'm considering DirecTV and I've got an installation question. I live in a condominium. I have no problem with reasonable rules. Condo rules limit me to my deck, which is on the ground floor. Luckily, my deck has a Southwest exposure. I think the wall of my neighbor's house cuts in at just before due South.

One other complication: These decks are set for reconstruction sometime over the next few years, both in terms of the the actual affixing and in terms of the reconstruction period. Can the dish be securely installed (maybe in a concrete pedestal, chain-locked to the deck?), in such a way that I can move it myself and realign it (keep in mind that I'm not all that handy) for a few days while they reconstruct the deck?

Beyond that, what kind of cable does DTV need to send into my house. From my basement, I can see where the cable company coax comes into the house. (We cannot just use it, because we still need cable Internet.) However, I can also see LIGHT, so I bet I can sqeeze another coax through the same hole. No drilling. Everyone would be happy, right? Then the DTV can co-opt the existing coax that runs from the basement to the living room.

So what can/should I do? Is there someone I can talk to about installation options, before placing an order?

If ur getting pro installation, they will figure it out. If ur doing it urself, then don't worry about the dish being chain locked... they are not valuable and people don't steal them.

Simply quick crete into a flower pot works for some people I know.

But if ur plan was to have DTV do all of this, it's irrelevant. Call them and see what their installation deals are right now.

If ur doing all of this yourself, then let us know and more detailed posts will follow.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:14 AM   #4  
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It would be professional installation.

My wife and I are having second thoughts, though, about the switch away from Comcast (we have other services through them); thanks for the information, though.
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