: OTA Mounts, Towers, Rigging Hardware
2007-12-18, 03:35 PM
Picked up a 4228 today from Sal's in scarborough. He said if you're doing a tripod, you MUST put guy wires. He's been in the business for like 20 years, and said the screws only hold the tripod from up/down motions. If the wind catches it, there will be some sway, and leaks are inevitable. It may not be this year, but a couple years down the road, it may have loosened enough space for it to leak.
He said the best mount is to a chimney or wall.
Just FYI ;)
He also said if you want to do J-mount, what you can do is have two of them on the side of a wall, one on either end to hold the pole, and then the antenna on the pole. that way you can aim things easier.
2008-01-07, 09:28 PM
Hi Guys I have a Antanna Mast that has been there for a while not being used. Here is my delemma, its rusted a little but still seems stable.Also its in the ground but the part connected to the house (to keep it stable) is loose. (So when I climb up its swaying the tower even before i'm near the top) I believe 4 out of the 8 bolts are missing. What shall I do? Straight out replace the Tower or just bolt it back into place? Thanks
PS. What is the most cost effective route?
Without seeing what it looks like the suggestions given might vary.
Do you have any pictures?
2008-01-14, 07:58 PM
I've already mounted the Antenna Replaced the bolts its now rock solid. I still plan to spray with rust paint once I get the time to buy the cans of paint.
2008-01-19, 09:58 PM
Heres our 4228 just put up.
Its on the second story wall (clear view over the neighbour's roof :P).
It was so much easier to mount to wall than deal with tripod..
It cost literally less than $10 (well, $50 if you include cable).
It's pretty sturdy, we'll just have to watch it after a big windstorm see if it loosens. (Will most likely add stabilizing brackets anyway, to be safe.)
2008-01-22, 05:36 PM
Going to be getting either the Lacrosse or the Winegard Shooter.
How would you go abouts aiming this type of antenna to get the best reception? I saw some charts, with long., lat., info, but it is all "chinese" to me.
Anyone want to install it for me?
2008-01-22, 09:56 PM
Have you tried TVFool: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=362703&postcount=7 You just have to insert your lat./long. (which you can easily find via google) and it will come up with the results and it'll explain how to read the charts and how to point your antenna - it'll explain everything basically. I would highly recommend it. If that doesn't work out you can always go with trial and error.
2008-01-25, 11:18 AM
Good info! Exactly what I needed! Now to decide on the antenna.......
2008-01-25, 03:18 PM
WOW! Thanks Marvel!
That is a great link!
I have already shown 4 people who will be putting up thier antenna's first chance they get... and they always ask where they should point to get what channels.
Now they get a link and an explanation!
2008-01-29, 04:36 AM
I got a question...if you have an outdoor antenna say on the balcony, how do you get the signal inside? Drill a hole through the external walls? Or is there some form of transmitter?
condo balcony that is..
2008-01-30, 11:14 AM
xboy360, my advice would be to contact your strata council/condo owners' group to seek permission to drill a hole and pop through some coax cable. I see that you've posted about that topic in the main forum in another thread:
so if you get the go ahead, just find a suitable place in the frame of a door or window to drill a hole, and use caulking to seal it up. Again, see if the authorities will allow it before doing anything. They might even force you to hire an installer to do it.
2008-01-30, 10:12 PM
recneps77, what bracket is that? I can still see the UPC sticker. :)
That's exactly what I'm looking to use to mount to a wall too! I was considering using a j sat mount, but this seems so must easier to level!
2008-01-31, 01:34 AM
I've seen this bracket at Home Depot and Rona.
2008-01-31, 11:24 AM
but what kinda bracket is that? A towel rack?
2008-01-31, 01:50 PM
What I was able to do is get strata permission to have a dish. With the dish installation they asked me how many recievers I plan to have the max is 4 I said 3 they ran leads from the dish to the place in the wall after he left I place one more hole next to the wires he installed and ran a coaxil through then siliconed it too. This now gives me a lead running from the outside where I can place a outdoor antenna. This gave me 4 holes all nicely placed and spaced where they came inside I then installed a four outlet mounting plate on the inside wall 3 for the dish and one I have there for the OTA but again I had to have permmision for the dish install. The best thing to do is make sure the lead is long enough to reach your dish too that way it has a further use.
2008-02-01, 05:29 PM
I answered in a PM from xboy360,
but all I used was two of these http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?D=932114&Ntt=932114&catalogId=10051&langId=-15&storeId=10051&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntx=mode+matchall&recN=0&N=0&Ntk=P_PartNumber
and about 4 ft of 1" aluminum pipe.
All we did was remove the caps from the hangers, jam the pipe on (it was a perfect fit) and put a metal self tapping screw on top and bottom to ensure it stayed in place.
Then we screwed it on the wall, attached the antenna, and done.
2008-02-02, 11:16 PM
I have a 4x4 post attached to the side of the house, which passes through the eave and extends to about the roofline...see photo). I think it used to be used for attaching utility wires. I'm hoping to attach a 10 foot mast (7 of which will extend above the post), a rotor, a short mast and a CM 4228 to this. Do you think it would be strong enough? The smallest brackets I've found are 4 inches, so I'd have to bolt some 4x4 blocks where the brackets get attached. Am I crazy?
2008-02-03, 01:43 PM
hommegrenouille, do you know if it is pressure-treated wood? If it is, I think it will be fine and should not warp at such a short length.
If it is not pressure treated, you could mount the antenna mast on it but you'd need to check for warping about once a month with a level. If it warps, you'll have to try something different like a tripod or tower.
2008-02-16, 06:00 PM
Gentlemen, I saw in one of the Pimp My Gear posts a picture of an eave mount antenna which was like an inverted "T" secured to the house at the truss peak and each slope. I can't for the life of me find the picture. I would appreciate it if someone could direct me to it. While I'm here, can anyone offer any feedback on this type of installation?
2008-02-19, 11:19 AM
Sorry for a rookie post, but I can't easily find discussions on where one can buy the mast for an antenna. I have a basic yard 60' x 110' - so am thinking of placing the antenna in the yard - and wanting a free standing mast.
Are there any sites with different style masts - and or roof mounts (the tri-pod mount).
I just got a new roof shingles - so I don't really want to put a tri-pod on it.