Aerial Installation in the Greater Manchester region

When it comes to aerial installation Manchester it is important to shop around for the best service and price, though they don’t always come together. There are plenty of odd job kind of guys out there how are part time and are happy to do aerial installs for a budget price. The installations aren’t usually upto a good standard since to keep thins cheap they will use the cheapest coaxial cable, plugs and connectors, plus the cheapest aerial available which even if fitted correctly will probably last less than 18months exposed to the British weather.

tv aerials manchesterThere are usually no guarantees with the cheper installations and even if there were, the likelyhood of these part timers being held to their warranties is highly unlikely. The difference of the fully qualified and registered aerial & satellite engineer is stark. These fitters will charge more, but that is going to be reflected in the quality of installation you would receive. For Starters, the quality of the cable, aerials, amps and splitters will be of very good quality and will individually be covered by a warranty. The installation of the antenna or satellite dish will be according to the best practice. On top of this there will be a reliable system installed which will be covered by a guarantee that in most cases will be honoured.

One thing that a fitter should have and in most cases if they are a registered fitter is public liability insurance This is insurance that the engineer has to cover him or her for any accidental damage caused by either him or herself or their equipment. Although accidents rarely happen, they do all the same happen, and in the unlikely event of something happening to you or your property by the installer, it would be good to know they are fully insured.

Getting an aerial installation in Manchester doesn’t have to be a difficult. Going onto the internet and having a look for an established fitter is relativelt simple. With G+ there are usually reviews from their previous customers and it is there that you can get an idea if he is a conscientious fitter or one who seems to rush their jobs and offer poor after sales service. So, once you have gathered a few names and addresses of fitters which have good positive reviews, give them a call and just by talking over the phone and gathering quotes you should be able to tell if they are the aerial fitter for you.

Another way to view testimonials for your chosen aerial fitters is to go to Facebook since loads of local businesses will have their own page click here to see an example TV Aerials Manchester Facebook

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Outdoor TV Aerial V’s Loft Aerial

aerial installation in a loft

With the recent increase in housing building across the UK, there has been a larger requirement for loft aerials over the aerial being installed on the outside of the property. This is because of the planning of the housing estate and the external aesthetics of each building and garden. It is often cited within the title agreement that no TV aerial is to be visible from the street viewing the building. This then makes the loft the only feasible location to carry out an aerial installation. Often though it isn’t a bad thing, and the reason behind this is that so long as the digital aerial can pick up a good enough signal then it makes the loft a great location for the installation.

When it comes to new build homes, the electricians will in most cases coil up the pre fitted coaxial cable which are connected to the aerial points around the house, in the loft near to the loft hatch. It is usually there awaiting the homeowner to call out an aerial fitter to connect up a loft aerial and either a passive splitter or an amplified splitter. This will depend on 2 things;

  1. How much signal is being picked up from within the loft
  2. How many TV Points are requiring connecting up to that aerial

aerial amplifierFor those homes that require a connection to over 3 points it is often the case that the signal will need boosting with an amplifier. When this is the case, there will be only two options, use a set back amp and plug it into an existing plug socket in the loft, or two use a mast-head amplifier which is remotely powered. This latter option is the most common because there usually isn’t a plug socket installed into the loft area unless the new house owner has requested that there should be one there. The mast-head amps can come with 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 outputs and can also have a 25 db variable gain meaning that the signal strength can be increased if required.

The benefit of having an indoor aerial is that it will never be exposed to the Great British weather and get battered by 60 mile an hour gusts. The out-door aerials are at a much greater risk of failing as they are exposed to this harsh environment and because of that will in time fail usually due to water ingress. This can be mitigated by installing a decent uality areial and also one that will hve a reduced wind load, such as a log periodic aerial. These do not have a back reflector and the connection is underneath the antenna and not on top of it in a plastic box, since these can get water in them very easily. So, although the outdoor aerial can pick up a better signal simply because it is outside, if the aerial can pick up a good enough signal inside the loft, then it would be wise to get your aerial installation in the loft opposed to mounting it on the outside of your property.


Loft Digital TV Aerial

Checking Your TV Aerial’s Coax Cable Connections

This simple set of instructions could save you £££’s in the future because many times as an aerial fitter I have been asked to go to a property and try to find out why the TV is getting either no signal or when it gets a picture is experiencing fracture of the picture. It is quite a common thing and if only the householder knew just a few simple checks it would save them a lot of trouble. The simple check is of the connections of either the aerial cable or satellite cables.

With the aerial cable, the first thing to check is whether or not the coax plug is attached properly to the coaxtv aerial coax plug ial cable, and if it is actually plugged into the TV in the antenna port. Sometimes its as simple as that the plug has either become detached from the cable or it isn’t even plugged into the TV. The same goes for the satellite cable and the F-plug connectors, these need to be screwed onto the cable and they are also screwed onto the threaded connectors on the satellite receiver.

If the coax plug has become detached , then it is a simple procedure to reattached it and get the TV working f-plug for satellite cableagain. Firstly thee needs to be enough copper wire visible usually about an inch, then the foam or plastic shielding needs to be visible for a quarter of an inch with the copper braid twisted together and pulled away from the copper wire, since these should never come into contact with each other. It is a simple thing to then fit the coax plug onto the cable and screw it tight.

To correctly attach an F Plug connector that is used for satellite cables, you would follow similar method as the coax plug, only with the F-plug this comes in one piece and it simply screws onto the satellite cable. What is necessary is for the foam inner shield not to protrude past the inner part of the F-plug, follow the diagram and you can’t go wrong.

By a simple 2 minute check of the connections to both your television and or your satellite receiver could save you a costly service charge from your local aerial installation engineer.


How to Attach a Coax Plug