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New TV Aerial Billericay Essex

Posted by in Blog | August 17, 2014

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New TV Aerial Billericay Essex www.andysaerials.com

With all this lovely hot weather we are still working in lofts, which is just delightful!  Our first job Monday was a new TV aerial Billericay Essex and we were delighted to see such a big loft.  We took up our loft steps along with a test aerial and our spectrum analyser to take some signal reading, to see if we could put our customer’s new TV aerial in their loft, and surprisingly it could so we set about getting the new TV aerial permanently fixed. After a little thought we decided to use a satellite zone 2 dish bracket and mast as the bracket can be squeezed together, making the fixing holes narrower to accommodate the loft beams where we ideally wanted to secure our Fracarro log-periodic aerial.  One of the massive advantages of the Fracarro log-periodic aerials in lofts are: as there are no back plates / deflectors you can mount the log high without the deflectors catching the roof pitch allowing you to mount the aerial higher, as well as being a fantastic performing aerial it’s neat and discreet.

New TV Aerial Billericay Essex www.andysaerials.com

Our customer wanted 2 TV points wiring in so once we had the aerial electronically aligned and had our Signal readings we ran the aerial cable approximately 1mtr away from the aerial and fitted a 2way masthead pre-amp with a variable gain from 10DB to 25DB.  Using the spectrum analyser we turned down the output of the variable gain masthead until we received the perfect signal with minimum noise.  A new TV Aerial Billericay Essex installed by Andy’s Aerials has to have the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed!  We extended our customer’s TV coax cables neatly around the loft, stapling them out the way where no one could tread on them and up one of the lofts beams to the masthead.  We connected the aerial coax cables to the masthead and went down stairs to test our customer’s outlets with our spectrum analyser, checking our customer’s cables and face sockets, as we know face sockets can be a major issue.  The signal received at the out lets were perfect, we went to our van and grabbed 2 new pre-made white fly-leads and connected them to our customer’s TV’s.  A quick re-tune bingo perfect pictures and happy customers!  We wrote our bill and packed away, our next call was not far away as it was another new TV aerial Billericay Essex.

 

New Digital TV aerial www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | July 20, 2014

New Digital TV aerial www.andysaerials.com

New Digital Tv Aerial Www.andysaerials.com   New Digital Tv Aerial Www.andysaerials.comYet another scorching day and our customer has phoned and asked us for a new TV aerial, we were told they live at the top of a 4 story building and height was an issue.  We were as always happy to drive over and take a look.  It couldn’t have been hotter!  The roof tiles were scolding hot burnt our hands and our feet were most uncomfortable on the roof.  We took up our test aerial as we always do and took some signal readings for both signal quality and signal strength.  The digital signal was absolutely screaming in and we knew we would have to attenuate the signal, as too much signal is as bad as too little.  I couldn’t help but think why the building was littered with TV aerials and wondered why the building didn’t just have one?  My little log could happily provide a perfect digital signal to all rooms and floors of the building.  With the signal being so strong, I also wondered why all the other TV aerials had been fitted on 6ft masts?  I Decided to use an off cut in the back of my van which was a 1ft 2” alloy mast cut off (waste not want not), and thought keeping my aerial low would be discreet and not be the one hit by lightning!  It’s nice sometimes to be the odd one out, every other digital TV aerial on the building was wrong in my eyes, so I fitted our customer’s new digital TV aerial nice and low at least showing how an aerial installation should look.  We used a 13” heavy duty 5 brick course chimney cradle to support the 1ft 2” mast with our Fracarro log-periodic w/b aerial, and if you can find time to look at the pictures you will hopefully agree it looks neat.

New Digital TV aerial www.andysaerials.com

With the new digital TV aerial now electronically aligned with our spectrum analyser we started running our customer’s coax cable to their sitting room.  Once tacked down and entering our customer’s sitting room we once again plugged in our meter to take another reading to install the correct attenuator to ensure our customer’s equipment was not getting overloaded with our signal.  We re-tuned their YouView receiver and TV and started packing away.  Our ladders were fully extended and needed to lowered and put back on the roof of the van. We had a walk around to ensure we hadn’t left any rubbish, tape, cable ties etc. and then wrote our bill and headed back to the ice-cold van for a rewarding blast of cold air!  Call me direct for your New Digital TV Aerial 07916 305 977  Andy

Replacement TV Aerial Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | July 12, 2014

Replacement TV Aerial Chelmsford

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Andy’s Aerials Essex Quality Workmanship At Sensible Prices

This week we were called out to a village outside Chelmsford as our customer was not receiving all the digital free-view channels, when we arrived we quickly spotted our customer had an out of date B’ Group aerial pointing towards Sudbury Anglia, which we knew would not receive all the digital mux’s due to the Anglia transmitter changed from a B’ Group to a wideband with the digital switchover.  Our call for a replacement TV aerial Chelmsford was 100% needed.  Our customer’s beautiful cottage was thatched and had a chimney stack in the middle, before I knocked the door I wondered why their 10element Yargi was fitted to the gable end above the bedroom, in view from the garden and allowing the birds to poo over the patio.  I knew we at www.andysaerials.com could do a whole lot better for our customer.

Replacement TV Aerial Chelmsford

We chatted to our customers and listened to their needs, their existing aerial was fed into the main bedroom and then through the floor to the ceiling of the sitting room.  Our customer’s wanted their replacement TV aerial Chelmsford to kept the same way so if in future they required a TV point in the bedroom they could.  I slightly changed the configuration making the installation invisible, neat and more permanent by stapling down the new coax cable to the desired point of the room keeping the white aerial coax lead out of sight.  I enquired if I could attach the new replacement aerial on the chimney stack and our customer’s was not too sure about the support of their chimney stack so I took my customer’s to my van and showed them an extra-large 18” chimney cradle which takes up 7/8 brick courses guaranteeing an outstanding support for the new replacement TV aerial.  Once our customer had seen the extra-large chimney cradle they were more than happy to have their new aerial fitted to the chimney stack.

YouView Aerial Installation www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | July 6, 2014

YouView Aerial Installation www.andysaerials.com

Youview Aerial Installation Www.andysaerials.com

We were originally called by our customer who wanted a YouView aerial installation quote for their property in Chelmsford Essex, when we arrived we chatted and conducted a site survey for the best location to install the new aerial.  Our customer wanted to have a Free-Sat dish installed also, so we looked to the gable end of their property which would be ideal for both the aerial and the satellite dish, which needed to be facing south.  We had access issues with our ladders as our customer’s gable end was not completely accessible but we could safely get to the back corner of the wall and get a good strong fixing.  We took some test reading to ensure we were able to get a good quality signal for our customer’s YouView, and we were soon to be happy with the readings from our spectrum analyser. Knowing we would also attach a zone1 mini dish we decided to use 2 12” x 12” wall brackets offering outstanding support for the YouView aerial installation and the Free-Sat dish.

 

 

New TV aerial Chelmsford Essex www.andysaeriasl.com

Posted by in Blog | July 6, 2014

New TV aerial Chelmsford Essex www.andysaeriasl.com

New Tv Aerial Chelmsford Essex Www.andysaeriasl.com

We were luckily enough to be called out to the White Hart Inn Little Waltham Chelmsford, to install a new TV aerial, when we arrived we were greeted by friendly faces and provide us with HOT drinks instantly.  We looked at where the TV was situated and looked at running a new TV aerial coax lead to the TV.  We decided to install the TV aerial on the front stack as it was a nice square solid chimney stack, with easy access for us.  We decided to lash the stack, and use an extra-large heavy duty 18” chimney cradle, to support the aerial & mast, spreading the load of the aerial mast across 6 brick courses of the chimney stack, making the installation incredibly strong for years and years to come.  We took some test reading for signal quality & signal strength and we decided to use an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast for height and a Fracarro log-period w/b aerial which is of course our favourite TV aerial of choice.  The signal was good but I would have liked a few dB more, if you look at the picture of the TV aerial I have left a loop in the aerial coax cable for a masthead pre-amp or ready to receive a 2/4 or 6way masthead for future points.  I did not want to sell my customers a masthead unnecessary, but left the loop in the coax cable so it could be added easily at a future date if need be.

New TV aerial Chelmsford Essex www.andysaeriasl.com

We fixed the Fracarro log-periodic w/b aerial to the aerial mast and neatly taped it down to the bottom (appearance is everything!) and took it up to the chimney and electronically aligned the aerial, squeezing every DB possible.  We used the remainder of the lashing wire to pin the aerial coax cable down the roof keeping it neat, straight and secure preventing it moving causing damage to the cable. Once we had the cable down to the guttering we used the down pipe to transport the cable to the floor without being seen, and then we only had a few inches to go across the brickwork to our entry point.  Once inside we ran our cable to the TV and fitted a coax plug and connected it to the TV.  We re-tuned our customer’s TV and admired the pictures.

The food in the restaurant looked so good we ordered some, and sat down and enjoyed every mouthful!  We can defiantly recommend the food there it was fantastic!

We packed away our kit and loaded our ladders on the van and left well fed Thank You.

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New Satellite Dish www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | May 26, 2014

New Satellite Dish www.andysaerials.com

We were called and asked if we could fit a new satellite dish to static caravan, which was being used as temporary accommodation while project managing another building, and why not have the little luxuries such as Sky TV?  When we arrived we looked for south with our compass and we were horrified to see the conifer hedge and house behind obstructing getting a clear line of site from our new satellite dish installation.  We assembled a zone 1 sky mini dish and temporary fitted it to an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast to see if we could get a satellite signal and when I raised the 8ft mast our meter bleeped, indicating we had a lock on the satellite. We took the zone 1 mini dish off of the 8ft mast and attached it to a 12ft 2”mast giving us a further 4ft of height, which we knew was needed to get the satellite dish aligned.  Sure enough we once aging locked our dish on the satellite and now needed to secure the mast to support the new satellite dish.

New Satellite Dish www.andysaerials.com

With the 12ft aluminium mast having a 2” diameter we decided we could use the corner of the wooded stairs up to the front door, it would not be in the way there, reasonably secure and we would be able to run the new satellite dish cable in to the sitting room, and to the TV without a problem and not creating any trip hazards.  We braced the stair hand rail with angle iron, giving the satellite dish further support and used an assortment of cable ties to pull the satellite and mast tight into the corner of the stairs; although the dish would only be temporary we wanted to ensure our customer would receive a good satellite signal for the duration of their stay.

New Satellite Dish www.andysaerials.com

We had trouble adjusting the vertical alignment of the satellite dish but persistence always pays, we were very happy with the readings of the satellite meter and locked off the satellite dish and started neatly taping the satellite twin cable down the 12ft mast.  We were able to cable under the stairs and under the static caravan to where the TV and satellite receiver we located, as the twin satellite cable was coming up from under the static caravan through the floor we had no worries of water issues from the cable.  We connected our dish to our customer’s satellite receiver and checked the signal using the receiver’s signal strength menu, both strength and quality of the new satellite dish was fantastic.  As always happy customers of www.andysaerials.com.

 

TV Aerial Installer Essex http://andysaerial.wpengine.com

Posted by in Blog | May 26, 2014

TV Aerial Installer Essex

At long last the sun and hot weather is with us, on Tuesday we had a new TV aerial install along with a Sky dish installation, to a newly built house.  All part of being a TV aerial installer Essex.  When we arrived we chatted to our customer’s and listened to their needs, and gave some options and prices.  We noticed upon arrival our customer’s house had a false chimney stack, it looked real but was made of fiberglass, so we could not use it, luckily our customer’s house was detached and had a incredibly high gable end wall, which we suggested fixing the new TV aerials and satellite dish to, which our customer was happy for us to do.  We fetched our large set of ladders from the van and set them up at the top of our customer’s gable end wall.  We used a small pair of T&K wall brackets as they provide outstanding support for the new TV aerial and satellite dish, a great choice of any TV aerial installer Essex.

TV Aerial Installer Essex

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

 

 

We are proud to work alongside a bespoke builder who like us puts a lot of effort into their work, dotting their I’s and t’s knowing getting all the little things perfect make a huge difference on the big picture.  We have previously designed a new satellite installation using an 80cm satellite dish and a quattro L.N.B supplies all sub-bands at once from 4outputs Vertical High, Vertical Low, Horizontal High and Horizontal Low.  We ran the 4 satellite dish cables from the L.N.B into our launch room along with our aerial feed coax cable.  We needed to supply 6 Sky+HD satellite receiver boxes each taking two feeds of the satellite switch, 6×2 =12 and me being me I fitted a 16way switch to ensure it was more future proof, offering a further 4 free connection for any future connection.  We fitted our 16way satellite switch high in the launch room giving easy access to the outlet ports, for us to connect the satellite Sky box’s to.  As the builder had ran H.D.M.I cables and cat6 throughout the house we had no need to combine our aerial into the satellite switch, so we fitted and independent 12v 100m/a remote power supply to power the aerials ‘s masthead pre-amp and then fed a 6way distribution amplifier from the power supply unit.

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

The idea is each Sky box will have its own aerial feed and each room feed with the H.D.M.I will also have a coax cable fed from the Sky box to the TV point powering a Sky-eye to remote the Sky box, while connected by H.D.M.I providing outstanding high definition pictures.  As the aerial is connected to each Sky box the Sky-eye has 2 purposes:  1) it serves as a remote to operate the Sky+HD box and 2) it is carrying all the Free-View channels for the TV’s digital tuner.  Install a N.A.S. drive and each and every room has a complete cinema at the fingertips of the Remote control, add Sonos or apple and that’s all your music needs taken care of too.  The system is extremely comprehensive but incredibly easy for the user to use.

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

Of all the satellite installations we have installed this particular dish is my favourite and we are incredibly proud to say we installed it.  Not only is the dish hidden but everything is 100% perfect!  Our large chimney cradles as 100% along with each of the lashing wires, completely straight and level giving a symmetrical appearance, looking extremely professional!

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com              

Our 1st call Thursday morning was for a flat screen TV wall mounting, we had previously looked at the job the week before, and I gave myself a few days to think about the installation, as there was central heating radiator pipes in the wall along with electricity, and I wanted to allocate the job a generous time frame so we could carefully get the TV wall bracket up and hung, checking every fixing for pipes and cables.  It is far better to spend time carefully getting a hole for a fixing than it is just drilling and hoping.  As the TV was a 32” we only needed to use a small flat screen TV wall mounting bracket, and we decided 8 fixings would be perfect, taking into account the central heating radiator below.  I carefully started to make the holes for the fixing and out of the 8 there was only 1, I was not happy with and did not proceed, we re-marked the wall using the TV wall mounting bracket and selected another fixing location for the 8th fixing.

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com

Once we had our TV wall bracket firmly fixed to our customer’s wall we need to run a cable from our customer’s Sky+ HD box to our new point, which was fairly easy as we disconnected the twin satellite feed cable form the Sky box and pushed the cable back out.  We then drilled the 10mm hole with a 14mm drill bit making the existing satellite cable entry point 4mm larger to accommodate our uplink feed cable to our new TV.  We ran our cable alongside the satellite dish feed cable, keeping the appearance of the cable neat and tidy, effectively one cable visible.  Once we had our new cable into our customer’s loft all we had to do was to run it down the inside of our customer’s internal wall.

New TV Aerial Ingatestone Essex www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

New TV Aerial Ingatestone Essex www.andysaerials.com

We love local work and you can’t better than on your doorstep; as our first call of the day is for a new TV aerial Ingatestone Essex.  We have work for our customer before and appreciate the repeat work, a new build and having previously discussed the system requirements we knew exactly what we were to do.  We fitted a small pair (12”) of T&K wall brackets on the gable end of our customer’s property and delighted to have scaffolding to access the gable end.  We took some test reading with our test aerial and we were delighted with our signal reading, both signal strength and signal quality.  We assembled our favourite Fracarro log-periodic w/b aerial and mounted it to an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast, ready to drop in the T&K wall brackets.  We were not too happy with the line of sight, due to trees, but as we had already taken signal readings, we knew the signal would be perfect.  Once we had electronically aligned the new TV aerial we tightened the large U’ bolts securing the TV aerial mast to the wall brackets.  The builder / sparks had already run high quality TV coaxial (wf100) cable and all we had to do was to run the cable up the aerial mast and connect the cable to our aerial, leaving no joins and a neat and tidy cable run.