Carsonville, MI
5/6/04
Add Receiver (4th)
 
Click to enlarge Sounds simple, right? Just run a line for a 4th receiver to the multiswitch. Right! The customer took me in back to ask me if I could tack up the wire for the 3rd receiver that some hack just installed a few weeks ago. He also pointed out that he asked the original installer to put the dish and it's cables over the power meter, some 50' down the left of this picture. Why the installer didn't do it, I don't know, but he didn't ground the dish or system. If he'd placed the dish 50' down, he would have had easy access to the house ground.
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OK, here's the hacks' install of the multiswitch and 3rd line... just hanging there. Notice no sealant by the original installer. Cables run down the corner and into the crawl space, no ground block. He used a combination of compression and Snap-n-Seal connectors!

After >>>>
My 4th line runs into the crawl space

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Here is the cable the owner asked me to clip up. The hack used 4 clips in this 50' run (the 3rd line)! And he put them at the bottom of the board, not up under the next board!

 

After >>>>

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<< Another view of the hacks' cable clipped up properly by me.

 

While this hack used Gilbert connectors, as required by Pegasus, none of them had the cable flush with the connector! >>>

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The hacks' 3rd wire ran into an old PrimeStar box where he spliced the cable from the multiswitch to a cable running into the crawl space (entrance just to the left). The hack must have run out of F81 connectors because he used half of a dual ground block. Once I got into the crawl space, I discovered another splice. You guessed it, the other half of the ground block. Why he didn't ground it at this point, I have no idea.

 

 
 
After >>>
I cleaned the mess up, installing a ground block and grounding the cable. It's not to spec, but it's better then before with no ground.
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