Pole Mount Install

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I have an installation coming soon, it will be a pole mount install (I rent and cannot mount on house), will a concrete base for the pole be part of the install?
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No I believe not cause I have mine on pole as well and there were no concrete just put in the groud
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If that's actually the way it was installed you need to contact Viasat and get the install redone. 
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The pole needs to  to be at least 36" in the ground, have an anti rotation device and at least 150 pounds of concrete. Do a search for Viasat pole install requirements
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Yes but that is not a "Standard" install.  It will cost about $185 more out of your pocket, unless you have it already done when they get there.  Schedule 40, 1-1/2" conduit works well (1.9" O.D.).  Must have proper clear view south and up, to have an un-obstructed view of the satellite your dish will be aimed at.  Cut it off so it is no more than 7' out of the ground or the installer will be ticked that he/she has to use a ladder to mount the dish to the pole.  Bury end of pipe 2-3 feet down for stability, add concrete as needed.
 
 
 
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I just had service installed last Saturday. I will say this that is good! I had a pole installed and concrete and no extra charge. I was told it was a standard install.
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Kevin...

You had a very generous installer.
 
 
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Kevin

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Probably. I found it shocking as well.
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5' above ground is minimum height, last I knew.

They do have a concrete block assembly setup, but I think this is for roof mounts, like maybe on flat roofs..

Myself, I would not go this path: Installing Consumer-Owned Antennas and Satellite Dishes
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I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question.
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When I called to order the service I asked if a pole mount was considered standard installation. I informed the person I didn't want the dish on my house or garage roof. She stated a pole mount is standard. Jose just charged my husband $40. in cash. He's lucky I wasn't home or he would have been sent packing. I called customer service and the installer can charge me what ever he wants.
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RE: installed on a State Route here in Georgia

Interesting thought, but in many rural locations I'm aware of, US Mail requests/demands where mail box is installed, and I've seen many installed on roadway's right of way.


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Tis why I have no mailbox now.  It was supposed to be so close to the road and at such a height, and a snow plow took it out.  LOL.  Not directly, but by the snow it was throwing from its blade.  It was just too much and it snapped that 4x4 post like a toothpick.  Granted, I had installed it a few years prior and it did just fine through three or four winters, but it was a bad one that year and we had a LOT of snow.  I pay for a box at the post office now.  :( 
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RE: Tis why I have no mailbox now

If photo is examined, there is a mailbox there on "roadway's right of way."

I'm not going to blame installer...considering those trees in background, someone needed to saw one/two down.  I'd like to hear the other side of this story.

I got trees also, and installer indicated I might have to cut one down, with time.

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He was told I'm not cutting trees down. Yes that is a mailbox and where the postal service says I have to put it. The dish is not in a safe location. My mailbox has been taken down plenty of times by a plow truck. You put it back up or buy a new one then move on. If I were the installer I would of denied the customer service and called my superior.
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USPS regulations dictate where a mailbox should be placed. State, county and local (and even HOA) regulations where applicable dictate what may be placed there and how it must be placed. Most automatically cover mailboxes and adhere to the DOT's guidelines, which state for safety reasons it is desirable that all mailboxes be mounted on supports that yield or collapse when struck by an out-of-control vehicle.

That's why road sign posts are collapsible (i.e perforated metal that is flexible) or have break-away construction at the bases - not sure I'd mount a satellite dish on one of those - if you've ever seen one of those flapping in a stiff breeze like something out of Close Encounters.

In Virginia you can't even place one of those "high speed internet" or "work from home" in the right of way along a state road without being subject to a hefty fine for each instance - we enforce it too at least in my area. As I recall it was $1000 per instance. You continue to see them but they're well back of the road side beyond the ROW and you can barely read them. There are some exceptions with a permit.   
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There are trees. But there are other places it could have been put. If not. Then I should have been denied service. This is an unsafe location for that dish. It's going to be destroyed with the first plow truck that goes by. I sent an email as suggested. I'm not impressed with this company at all.
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There are trees. But there are other places it could have been put. If not. Then I should have been denied service. This is an unsafe location for that dish. It's going to be destroyed with the first plow truck that goes by. I sent an email as suggested. I'm not impressed with this company at all.
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Excellent catch! He did put the loop in for rain drip though.
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I'm sure they will. They don't take lightly to bad installers. I had one come here, reported the whole fiasco, that one got a bit of talking to and some re-education, came back a couple of months later, much improved. All cleaned up, proper identification and, did the job properly without being a jerk about it like he had the first time.

first time he made me very uneasy, I didn't trust the guy at all. Second time he was the consummate professional, he learned and, all of his customers are happier for it, or so he tells me now - we ended up becoming casual friends. He's in one of my hobby clubs now so I still talk to the guy - even after I raked his behind through Viasat's hell fires.

Looks like the installer on this one needs to meet my rake too. xD
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Wow, nice catch on the cable, Steve.  If that really is the cable and not just a piece of cable or a long zip tie or something, I'm absolutely dumbfounded.  I mean, putting it so close to the road is bad enough, but then to not even bury the cable?  Just... WOW.  

Don't get me wrong, everyone makes a mistake now and again.  We sometimes forget things or even do something backwards, but that's just plain ridiculous.  I don't know how many times I've forgotten to put the bypass plug in an oil burner pump.  It comes on and just sits there, pumping no oil, until I finally realize what I dummy I was.  But, when it comes to this sat install, there's just no excuse.  None.    
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Yes it's on the ground. He was going to charge by the foot to bury it.
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Yep, get the rake after that installer - UGH! that's a no, no and, no again.

My install pole mount tight spot near trees so roots to dig through. 50 ft of cable to bury, also having to trench through tree roots. Crawl under house to get cable to the right place to come into the house through the floor, bury cable under there too. No extra charge.

While we're at it, is there a grounding block and rod on your install. Are the connectors sealed? I'm betting not and that should have been done as well. Viasat requires it to be grounded and, corrosion in the connectors can cause service degradation in a year or two. 

In my opinion, Viasat needs to get another installer out there to fix and double check that one, I'd be willing to bet the placement and, lack of burying the cable aren't the only problems.