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New Member

Install question

A week ago Hughes did an install changing me over from DishNet. The modem and the antenna system were change over but the three year old in-ground cabling was not replaced. Should it have been? What are the chances that i will see system problems due to the cabling.  
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New Member

Re: Install question

Mine was in place for 7 years without any issues.
Associate Professor

Re: Install question

As long as the cable is rated for direct burial, or is installed inside of a conduit, it should be fine for several years, if not decades.
New Member

Re: Install question

It was installed by the DishNet installer and I don't think it is direct burial rated but I guess it will be good until it's not. I'm thinking I should have requested it replaced so it would have been a completely NEW installation. Time will tell
Associate Professor

Re: Install question

Usually installers don't carry cable that's rated for direct burial as they aren't required to do a direct cable burial installation if they don't have to.  Getting direct burial would make the install cost more out of your pocket, mostly due to the extra labor and fact the cable costs so much more.
New Member

Re: Install question

Well, I will look into new cable and conduit this spring. Now that it is in my "head" it will keep itich'n me until I replace it. 
Associate Professor

Re: Install question

Wish Alan was around, he would be able to tell you exactly what grade cable you would need.  I honestly like the conduit idea, but it's more time consuming to dig up and lay conduit then run the cable inside that.
Assistant Professor

Re: Install question

Depending on type of ground and length of run really a pretty easy do-it-yourself job. Just far enough down to keep the mower from hitting it.

I've never had a problem with frost heave even at just a foot or so down especially with small 1/2" conduit.
New Member

Re: Install question

it is only about a fifty foot run from poll to ground block at house and is an easy dig. I was the one that buried it during the install before. I will do it again this time with db cable AND conduit because next time I might be to OLD to do it
Associate Professor

Re: Install question

One thing I would like to add, if you ARE doing this your self, consider running two cables, it's much easier if one ever goes bad to swap the cables around, it would also give you room if you ever wanted another dish out in that location in the future.