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how to place a satellite dish on a balcony without mounting it

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I am moving to an apartment building that does not allow satellite dishes to be mounted or attached to the building. I have a balcony that faces the south but I cannot mount or attach the satellite dish to it either. What are my options to add a dish onto my balcony? Can i cement a pipe into a 5 gallon bucket and attach the dish onto it? Would that be safe? Is there a better option that people use to do this? Oh I live in Orlando Florida.
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Originally Posted by phish368 View Post

I am moving to an apartment building that does not allow satellite dishes to be mounted or attached to the building. I have a balcony that faces the south but I cannot mount or attach the satellite dish to it either. What are my options to add a dish onto my balcony? Can i cement a pipe into a 5 gallon bucket and attach the dish onto it? Would that be safe? Is there a better option that people use to do this? Oh I live in Orlando Florida.

cant u put it on the floor or something?
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Can i cement a pipe into a 5 gallon bucket and attach the dish onto it? Would that be safe? .

Yes.
Yes.
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The pipe for most DBS dishes is a 1-1/2 inch ID (inner diameter), 1.66" OD (outer diameter) steel pipe, and is the same size as what is commonly used as the top rail of a cyclone fence ("chain link fence"). You can get that at most home improvement stores. Have them cut it to length for you.

You can install that...being sure it is perfectly plumb/vertical...in a bucket of cement, or you can mount it with a small antenna tripod mount (which has two sets of three bolts that allow you to plumb it up after you set the tripod in place). You'll need the pipe plumb for anything beyond a single-satellite dish, or aiming becomes a pain. A safety line is always a good precaution, so it won't blow over, or away (Florida, right ?)

The bigger problem is getting the wires inside the building.
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The bigger problem is getting the wires inside the building.

Which is easily solved by GooglinG 'flat coax jumper'....
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A large bucket with cement is often used. You need to know what dish you are mounting as well -- most of DirecTv's high def dishes require a 2inch OD pipe.

You can also get a non penetrating mount if you want something more stable than a bucket. The NPM often are used on flat roofs and are designed to be weighed down with standard concrete blocks.

http://search.solidsignal.com/?q=Non...earch=1&cart=0
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A large bucket with cement is often used. You need to know what dish you are mounting as well -- most of DirecTv's high def dishes require a 2inch OD pipe.

You can also get a non penetrating mount if you want something more stable than a bucket. The NPM often are used on flat roofs and are designed to be weighed down with standard concrete blocks.

http://search.solidsignal.com/?q=Non...earch=1&cart=0

That's exactly what I'd like to use... Thanks to everyone!

Maybe the easiest way would be to beg my apartment complex to let me mount it on the balcony,...lol
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Which is easily solved by GooglinG 'flat coax jumper'....

I bought a couple of those to test, but never got to it yet. I'm always a bit skeptical about such things.

I made a nice "pass-thru", PVC pipe in my wall. The landlord OK'ed it after I broke the glass in the outside door, trying to wedge another cable thru the crack . It's all watertight, with nice wall plates, and everything.
post #9 of 12
My practical take on this is that the flat governing body does not want dishes scattered all over the flat, which creates a bit of an eye-sore. So even a dish that is mounted in something else, but visible when looking at the flat will become an issue for them. Which I imagine just about any dish on a balcony will be visible.

But if you can get away with it, I would go for the cement bucket with a pole in it - with paint markings to indicate the correct position for the signal.
post #10 of 12
Maybe they should consider allowing an MATV system in the buildings. One dish (or set or dishes) and antennas can feed all the units in a building...even in adjacent buildings.
That way, the management has control over where the outside equipment is placed. Of course, they have to provide for whatever channels you want, so it would require (in most cases) OTA, DirecTV and DISH. In some cases, people mght want their own Globecast dish or something similar, but it prevents a lot of hassles in most cases.

I saw an article in a Building Management type magazine a while back....the photo showed ten DISH Network dishes, all facing the same way, lined up down the side of a twelve unit apartment building (same sales guy, same installer). The owner wanted to know how to stop it.

Duh!
post #11 of 12
@phish368 What was the outcome, what did you use and how friendly are the building governing body towards you now!?
post #12 of 12
I just saw where DISH Network launched it's fifteenth operational satellite.

Sounds like it would take about twenty or more dishes on a "fully pimped-out balcony". Wow!
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