Saturday, April 11, 2009

Teamwork triumphs


Our condominium is currently having its siding replaced.

Two-weeks ago they replaced the board on which our DirecTv dish is mounted. Not surprisingly, in the unmounting and remounting process it was no longer properly aligned. It took us several days to notice because we were watching local TV or Tivo programs.

Last weekend I tried to align it, but I didn't have a compass -- and I wasn't able to get it fixed.

I called DirecTV and found out we get one free technician visit a year, so I made an appointment for next Friday.

During the week Thing2 found a compass and today we gave it another shot. With Thing2 helping by calling-out the signal strength I was able to find the right angle. It's a great feeling of accomplishment when we can successfully tackle these little projects together.

The image is of the Stanford dish.


  1. Good for you two. I wouldn't know how!

  2. I didn't know how either, but I'm not above reading the manual when I'm in a pinch.

  3. Hey, great idea. I also have Direct. Last time I called them for a problem, it took two weeks to get a tech out here. That's the trade off for mafia cable vs sattelite...slower tech service.

    I'm going to dig out my compass, just in case. Thanks for the tip.

  4. I can't have satellite here, no southern exposure and attachments to the building are not allowed. I don't watch anything but the weather network anyhow :-)

  5. JJ - I never thought I'd need a compass, but it is a crucial tool in satellite pointing. They were willing to come out sooner, but I wanted to have them wait until the work was finished.
    Doug - We're big fans of the weather channel too.