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shirni

05:33AM | 12/07/00
Member Since: 04/15/00
5 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hi,

I had to move to an apartment on the 3rd floor. I purchased a tripod to mount the 18inch dish on and flat coaxial cables to run under the window into the apartment. I need to ground the dish, but I don't know how to. There are no outlets on the deck. Does anyone know where/how I can ground the dish?

Thanks in advance,

Scott

rpxlpx

08:13AM | 12/07/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Assuming it's not practical to run a ground wire to a metal stake in the ground outside the building, you might consider a flat metal cable, running beside the flat coax under the window. Once inside, you could attach to a ground lug of an outlet or other device.
One thing though - some outlets are not properly grounded so make sure it's a good ground before wasting any time and money.

shirni

05:40AM | 12/08/00
Member Since: 04/15/00
5 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply.

How do I tell if it is a good ground? It's a brand new apartment so I am hoping that might help.

Scott

rpxlpx

03:52AM | 12/10/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
If the place is new, you can be pretty confident that the outlets are properly grounded. The building wouldn't have passed inspection otherwise.

Joe Tedesco

01:43AM | 10/03/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
Any more comments? Opinions?

motor-T

03:19PM | 10/03/02
Member Since: 09/27/02
9 lifetime posts
Scott-you do not want to run the messenger to its own ground rod. All systems coming into a residence should be grounded to a common point.(this means that the telephone, cable, electrical all need to be grounded to the same point) Since this is an apartment you should consult the landlord.
If you do not install it properly somebody could be seriously hurt.
mark

harold endean

06:08AM | 10/06/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
23 lifetime posts
Where is your nearest cold water pipe? That might work?

shirni

09:39AM | 10/07/02
Member Since: 04/15/00
5 lifetime posts
Thanks to all for your replies. What I ended up doing (right or wrong) was to run the ground wire into the apartment and attach it to the ground on a electrical outlet.

Don't know if that was right or wrong, but it seemed to work OK.

Thanks again,

Scott

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