Assembling the Dish


Assembling the Dish

1- Attach the antenna bracket to the low noise block (LNB) arm. Your dish will most likely come with a flat metal plate meant to connect the satellite dish to the L-shaped LNB arm and other components. Position the plate so the prongs are on the left and right, facing you. Hold the LNB arm between the prongs with the tail end extending out past the opposite side of the plate. Place some 34 in (1.9 cm) lag bolts through the arm and into the plate, tightening them clockwise with a wrench.[9]
  • Remember to put a metal washer and locking nut on the ends of the bolts to ensure they can't come loose.
  • The exact installation process, including the size of the bolts, may vary a little depending on the dish you have. Refer to the owner's manual for more specific instructions.

2- Clip the antenna adjustment panel over the plate's prongs. The panel will look like a square box with one end open. The sides of the panel fit over the plate's prongs and attach with more 34 in (1.9 cm) lag bolts. Add a washer and nut on the end of each bolt after tightening them.[10]
  • The adjustment panel has a curved slot on it. This slot is what you use to point the satellite up or down.

3- Fit the U-shaped rod inside the adjustment panel. Your dish will have a bent metal rod that fits into one of the slots on the adjustment panel. Slip the rod inside, sliding its prongs through the holes. Make sure the prongs point toward you rather than the tail end of the LNB rod you connected earlier. Fit a small clamp over it, followed by a washer and nut on each prong.[11]
  • The clamp is little more than a flat piece of metal meant to hold the U-shaped rod in place.
  • The adjustment panel has 3 different slots. Use the slots to reposition the satellite dish. In most cases, the middle slot is best for setting the dish at the proper angle.

4- Bolt the antenna bracket to the back of the satellite dish. You have a couple more bolts to add to finish the bulk of the assembly, and this is one of the easiest parts to finish. Line up the holes on the plate with the holes on the back of the dish. Stick the longest bolts you have, usually 2 to 3 in (5.1 to 7.6 cm) in length, through the front of the dish. Then, place a washer and nut on the end of each bolt, tightening it with your wrench.[12]
  • Make sure all of the components stay bolted together. If they feel shaky, carefully separate them and tighten the bolts.

5- Install the LNB on the end of the LNB arm. One last component, the LNB, controls the dish's functionality. First, slide the handle of the LNB onto the open end of the arm. Secure it with nuts and bolts, then take the LNB out of the box. It looks almost like a round speaker or flashlight. Position it on the handle, facing it toward the dish before bolting it in place.[13]
  • Some stronger satellites have up to 3 LNBs designed to feed a stronger satellite signal into your home.
  • You may need to loosen the LNB later to readjust it and improve the signal quality.

6- Connect the adjustment panel on the dish to the wall mount. Fit the dish onto the open end of the mount. If everything is attached correctly, it will fit inside or behind the adjustment panel. You can then add the 1 or 2 remaining bolts to fasten these pieces together. If the dish looks good, then you're ready to position it to communicate with a satellite.[14]
  • These parts can attach in a variety of different ways depending on what satellite you have, so be sure to refer to the owner's manual.
  • If the mount is meant to attach to the back of the panel, your satellite will also come with a pair of clips. Position them behind the mount, then add the screws through them to bind the parts together.
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