I bought a house in the DC subirbs of Maryland a little over a year
ago. The previous owners had installed one of those enormous
10-foot-diameter black mesh satellite dishes. I subscribed to the
satellite service for a year, but just plain hated it. I did not renew
the subscription, and I want to get rid of the dish.
The previous owners left no instructions for dish removal. I
contacted the satellite service company and the satellite
manufacturer, asking for information on having the dish removed, and
neither of them was able to offer any kind of helpful information.
I checked the yellow pages under Satellite, but all I see are listings
for things like Dish Network installation.
What kind of service professional should I be looking for? How do I
get rid of this monstrous thing without electrocuting myself?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
whats so hard about removing it? ill bet there's some bolts... might be
helpful to have 2-3 people to steady the dish while this is being done.
once its down, bust it up and take it to the dump.
as for who to call, any of these fix it guys should be able to do it.
Some dishes have an electric motor to point to different satellites, so you
were right, there is a shock hazard. If yours has a black mesh it should
come apart in small pieces, one person with good tools should be able to do
it. I had to take one down not long ago...
I would try putting a sign on the dish, sort of "come 'n get it" . Someone
could need a dish and spare you the work. Also an ad in a local paper? Or
try to talk a frieend into taking on that challenge?.
If neither of those flies, I would call a local dish installer. It will
cost you and probably they won't haul the beast away ..
Cut the wire and dismantle the dish.
It's not like there is anything there to electrocute you!
Cut the wire and be done with it, if you don't trust me, unplug the receiver
(that's where the low voltage is going to be coming from)
And the voltage is only applied to the actuator (dish mover) when it's being
The other supply voltage to the LNA's, LNB's (part in the middle, out front)
is nothing to worry about either.
And then, some units have a little servo motor and that voltage is nothing
to worry about either.
(this is only with the older units with a polarotor)
Something that may help you there: Take a sledge hammer and hit the post.
The vibrations may (they were for me for two posts in concrete) be enough to
crack the concrete around the base so that you're left with removing the
post and however much concrete you want to dig up. It's easier than trying
to remove the post and the concrete all in one shot (which is really heavy).
Much of it does look like I can dismantle it with the right tools,
which I'd be fine with. It's just the wiring that worries me. The
dish is at least 30 feet away from the house, so there must be
underground wiring. Don't I need to pull it up, or something?
I'll try the "free dish" thing first and see if anyone bites... I'm
actually debating trying to eBay (starting bid $1 :) it along with the
receivers, with one of the conditions of sale being that the buyer has
to dismantle and pick up the dish. I wonder if that's possible?
Everything still works, after all. I'd love to just not have to deal
with the removal myself.
Those bigger older microwave TV dishes are not very popular now, at least
here and also probably not in your area also. Too much competition from
other satellites (which use smaller dishes) and cable TV!
However it was and perhaps still is working. It was, you say, until you
ceased to subscribe to that service.
As various posters have said there must be half a dozen ways to 'try' and
get rid of it.
Advertise; "Free for the taking in local classifieds, bulletin boards at
local s.market, church and thrift stores etc.". Won't cost you much if
anything? be careful to say "Where is and as is" also "Taker shall remove
May get you anybody from the a local scrap dealer, a private individual who
wants to use it themselves, someone who is willing to disconnect and donate
to a charity etc. etc.
Another idea would be to call up the local technical/trades college/s, maybe
they would like some practical hands-on field de-installation experience for
their electronics students. They might even want to try making it work again
as a class project? Make absolutely sure your subscription is cancelled.
A handy and knowledgeable friend of the family, with a technical background
mind you, should know enough to safely dismantle it.
If you MUST pay for the removing of it to satisfy legal and/or local
municipal ordinances/regulations it will cost you; partly because any
company that will do it, even a small unincorporated one, is most likely so
hemmed in by regulations and requirements, such as to have one million
dollars liability insurance, in case he drops a wrench on your favourite
puppy (or child!) or leaves a wire sticking out and somebody scratches
themselves! (Life is full of risks anyway!) Also perhaps that he MUST get an
electrician to 'actually cut' the wires (even if they don't carry any mains
electric voltage) Then to cart it away (I doubt if you can put the bits in
the regular trash collection; unless you have a city 'clean up' period each
fall and spring?) so the dismantler must take it away in a vehicle, again
with business insurance and licensing etc. etc. etc. Technically not a
difficult job but may need someone who can cope with corroded bolts etc. For
example an auto mechanic doing it on his own time after regular work might
be an economical choice?
Any chance you can modify so it becomes a piece of art?
Hehe, my husband and I joked about turning it into a giant birdbath :)
It really is just a giant eyesore though. From the responses here,
it doesn't sound like I'll have too much trouble giving it away.
Thanks for the ideas.
But before you get rid of it...
Free Satellite TV...
New mpeg digital receivers to get the Free TV...
"Jennifer" wrote in message
OK, I looked at these websites. I see on one a whole list of
satellite channels. On the other I see a bunch of equipment,
including DVD stuff. Could you please explain what is needed to get
this free tv, besides the dish itself.
Thanks for the additional info. I am looking at it now. One
question: Isn't MPEG-2 the same thing as MP3 (or would this be MP2?
I used to download MPEG computer movies. Maybe they are still out
there for download, but I dont sownload much anymore with all the
viruses. Is this just a coincidence, or is this the same thing? If
it is the same, those satellite signals must be one heck of a lot
faster than the computer takes to download.
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