Aerial Installation Manchester

aerial installation

With the huge difference in properties in Manchester it is easy for an aerial installer to get a little daunted, from high-rise blocks of flats, through to huge Victorian houses to the humble terrace house. The difference in property can also lead to a completely different aerial or satellite system. With a normal home the system for either an aerial or satellite is pretty simple with few variations to it, compared to a multi switch system used for offices and apartment blocks. When it comes to dividing a satellite signal into multiple signal streams there are two general approaches that can be taken. One is to take the feed directly from the satellite dish, but with that there are limitations in that it is limited to the number of outputs on that LNB. The lnb comes in 3 types the single out put which is self explanatory, the quad  which has 4 outputs and the octo which has 8. After that if more points are needed, it’s either another dish or moving up the scale to installing a multiswitch system, that requires a different satellite dish and lnb. The then can be called up to 100’s of points coming from just one satellite dish. This system is alot more expensive and is usually reserved for big building projects. With the multi switch system there is the ability to incorporate an aerial installation.aerial fitters

For an Aerial Installation Manchester it is probably more likely that an engineer will be going to the domestic properties in the majority to carry out those installs, plus other jobs such as aerial repairs, upgrades. These are a tonne of residential residences in the area which are not apartments or huge buildings. The equipment an aerial fitter uses are a set of triple ladders, a roof ladder, and some sort of step-ladder or fold away ladder for when the engineer is in a house and needs to access the loft. The fitter will usually have at least one aerial meter that can also be used for satellite signal, and in some cases he’ll have a separate satellite meter such as a Horizon meter. These meters are one of the main tools of the trade for installers and without these pieces of equipment they would struggle to do their job.

After the meters would be the next most important tool and thats the impact drill for drilling holes into brickwork and masonary, also the drill gets used for drilling holes through walls for either single or twin coax cable. From there is the engineers tool belt with spanners and snips, stanley knife and a hammer plus other tools too. If the installer has all the correct tools with him he will be able to complete the job in a much quicker time.  There wouldn’t be too much difference with the tools used for fitting either a multi switch system or a domestic Digital Aerial to 1 room in the house.  If you need an aerial installation Manchester then click the link that follows for a recommended fitter


Aerial Footage of manchester

TV Aerial Installation Guide

This is a guide to help the average homeowner to get a quality TV Aerial Installation for a fair price and one that will include a guarantee for both the install dn the equipment. It will help to point someone in the right direct for where to go to get intouch with a qualified engineer one who is vetted. It will also help with giving a little know how as to what is actually neccessary. The first thing to consider is what exactly do you require, How many points in the house do you require a working aerial point? Once that is decided, it is worth thinking about the external coax cable which will be run from the aerial to where the aerial point is going to be. Will there be an actual aerial box for a cable to plug into or are you happy for just the cable to come through the wall and into the back of the TV. If you require the cable to be installed as descreetly as possible, then this is something that must be discussed with the engineer before he gives the quaote as it may require a longer or more difficult route for the cable to be run, and this would be reflected in the cost of the TV Aerial Installation.

Once these points have been sorted it is time to call up a few aerial fitters and discuss quotes. Where a good place to go would be the members of cai, Rdi and which local traders as these will be more likely to be qualified, do a proper job, and give you a guarantee of at least 12 months. The fitters are always keen to get feedback for the jobs they do and it isn’t a bad idea to see if they have any positive or negative reviews to take a look at, places to see these reveiws are yell, which local traders, G+ and yelp, as these platforms give the ability for the public to give honest feedback.


Digital TV Aerial Installation on a Chimney Stack

How much does an Aerial installation Cost

tv aerials

When it comes to the prices of services whether it be plumbing, or plastering or as we are talking about it aerial services, the prices of jobs will vary from engineer to engineer and is also subject to price difference due to how awkward or easy the job is. So, with the average price of an aerial installation to one point in the house there would naturally be some variables when pricing up a job. The things to take into consideration are firstly where the aerial and mast are going to go, and how accessable it is. If it is on a chimney stack, then can it be accessed from the roof ladder or wilaerial installationl it take alot of effort to get to that point. If the place where the aerial is going to go is accessable without too much effort, then the next thing to look at is what length of mast would be required?

will the aerial pick up a strong enough signal with just a standard mast to mount to, or will it require an extra long length of mast to clear obsticles like trees or buildings? A couple of other things to consider are the amount of cable required and will a booster amp be needed like a mast head amplifier? if so the amp will significantly impact on the cost of the aerial installation. An amp would be used in situations where the aerial is not getting enough quality signal to bring the average db to over 40db which is in most cases the cut off point for digital TV. By adding the mast head am the cost of an installation would increase by around £80 where as for a standard TV aerial installation with standard equipment would be in the region of £120-150.

It is always worth asking around if any friends or family have recently used an aerial fitter and if they could recommend them. Having a recommended engineer to come to the home and carry out an install is probably the best someone could hope for. Knowing in advance that the aerial man does a good job and is fair with there pricing will help to give peace of mind. This is better than just going for the cheapest quote over the phone, since there is no guarantee that the job would be done correctly or ina way that is neat. With a professional, the finish of the install will be better, for instance using the plastic weatherproof covers to fit oer the hole where the cable comes into the house is something a quality fitter will use, but a cheap nstallation would not include such a thing.

Satellite Dish Repair for Sky or Freesat

satellite installation

Owners of a satellite dish whether it’s for Sky or Freesat will sometimes notice during heavy rain that their TV picture may break up or be lost altogether. They are left with a message on the screen reading ‘no signal’ . This can be a normal result from heavy rain. It can happen during really bad weather and is just a result of too much rain or snow getting in the way of the signal and causing a temporary loss of signal. This is nothing to be alarmed about because as soon as the heavy rain or snow has passed, the signal will return as good as normal. However, if there is a loss of signal during mild rainy conditions, then this will not be just a result of the weather, but will indicate there is an underlying problem with the satellite repairs

It is important to try to rectify this fault sooner rather than later because it is probably not going to get any better and if anything will get progressively worse. This type of fault points to a few different possible reasons;

  1. There is water in either the LNB, the cable or both
  2. The satellite dish has been knocked off alignment slightly and is not getting the full signal
  3. There is something blocking the signal path such as a tree or bush that has started to infringe infront of the satellite dish

To be able to check for sure whether is is one of the 3 possible problems a meter is required, but as well it is worth simply observing if there is anything obvious blocking or partially blocking the signal to the dish. For instance during the early spring months there are plenty of call outs to aerial fitters and satellite engineers because of a loss in signal to peoples dishes. This is usually because in spring it is a time for treesa dn bushes to havd a growth spurt and its not unheard of for trees to put on an extra few feet in a matter of weeks. The same is similar with bushes and any other foliage.

To check if the dish is out of alignment a meter of some kind is usually needed unless the dish is pointing in the opposite direction to where it was , in this case it is obvious. Usually after storms or if it has been knocked by the windowcleaners ladders the dish will need re aligning and this normally calls for a professional. If there is water in the LNB or cable, it will show itself when it is wet. In very wet or damp conditions the signal will be lost, but after a spell of warm or dry weather the signal will return and there will show no problems. In this case it is wise the change the LNB and cable for what its worth, again, it is usually done by a satellite engineer or aerial fitter.