Mounting your satellite dish on a pole is an alternative to mounting it on your house. Mounting a dish on your house can cause damage to the roof or exterior walls. Some homeowners associations forbid mounting a dish on a house. By mounting your dish on a pole next to your house, you can enjoy satellite television programming without violating homeowners associations' regulations or damaging the exterior of your house. This is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project.
Things You'll Need
- Hack saw
- Pole, 6-foot
- Quick-set cement
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Use the shovel to dig a hole where you want to place the satellite dish. You must select a location that has a clear year-around line-of-sight to the satellite for the system you are installing. Consult your owner's manual or call for technical help in determining what that line-of-sight is for your area of the country and for the system you are installing. Dig the hole 36 inches deep and approximately eight to 12 inches wide. Make sure you dig in a location that does not have underground power lines or other utilities. Call before you dig to make sure.
Cut a 45-degree angle at one end of the pole, using the hack saw. Cutting the bottom of the pole prevents the pole from rotating in the concrete over time.
Place the cut end of the pole in the center of the hole. Use some of the shoveled dirt to hold the pole in an upright position.
Level the pole, using your level to check horizontally and vertically from the top of the pole.
Mix quick-set cement in a bucket according to the directions on the cement's package.
Fill the hole with the quick-set cement. Stop filling the hole approximately two inches from the top. Allow the cement to set.
Lift the satellite dish onto the pole. On the back of the satellite dish you will find a clamp. The pole will fit through this clamp. Tighten the screws located on the clamp to secure the dish on the pole.
Follow the satellite company's directions for the remainder of the installation once the dish is mounted to the pole.