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A satellite dish install may sometimes be above a do-it yourselfer, in which case a professional installer should be considered. Some satellite retailers offer Free installation for new subscriptions. For those who choose to install the satellite antenna themselves, here are a few useful tips. Have a look at this site.

Some tools to consider before getting started: satellite signal finder, complete satellite system, coax cable, 7/16 in. wrench, nut driver bit, zip ties or black tape, staples or screw clips, post level, lag bolts and small compass.

Start by locating a suitable place for the install. The selected location should have a clear line of site facing the direction as determined by your zip code. Line of sight is a must, for any interference will not allow for adequate signal strength. Another important task while installing the satellite dish is to bolt the mast firmly and ensure it is plumb in all directions. Depending on the location of the satellite dish, you may use the provided foot / mast assembly. Many installers prefer a satellite tripod or other alternatives, depending on the situation.

Next, the dish must be secured on the mast, but do not tighten the bolts yet. Pull the coax cable through the dish arm and then properly connect the coax cable. Be sure to then secure the LNB to the satellite dish. Do not over tighten the bolts. Now consult the satellite system manual for guidance on the correct elevation and skew, then raise the dish accordingly. The user manual should provide measurements based on the zip code in which the satellite dish is being installed. Most include tick marks to accurately set the measurements.

Connect the coax cable to the satellite signal finder and also consider using the television for signal confirmation. Once you set the satellite dish to the measurements outlined in the user manual and then check the satellite signal finder until the signal is located. Make slight horizontal and vertical adjustments to the reflector as needed to peak the signal. After achieving an optimum satellite signal, secure the bolts on the dish.

Make the coax cable connection from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver. Perform the final test by connecting the satellite receiver to your television. There may be a few confirmation steps to follow on-screen to complete the satellite dish installation. Once that is complete, you are ready to kick your feet up and enjoy your favorite show.