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Using old vent pipe as TV antenna

There is a LOT that goes into making an antenna work properly. That's why the old-school TV antenna has so many little rods sticking out the sides - they have to be certain fractions of the wavelength ...
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Why is there copper wire from a tv splitter to a water pipe in my house?

It is a ground wire. If you are removing the TV wires then you can remove the ground wire as well. There is a larger ground wire from your main breaker panel to a ground rod (or two) and/or to water ...
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Why is there copper wire from a tv splitter to a water pipe in my house?

To answer your question as to why, all signal cable digital or otherwise are susceptible to electrical interference. For this reason the majority of signal cables, coax included, are screened with an ...
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Why is there copper wire from a tv splitter to a water pipe in my house?

That wire is being used to ground the tv wires. If removing all the wires it will not be needed anymore, no wires no need for grounding air.
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Grounding tv antenna in attic?

Good choice on the antenna. Lots of high quality reception for free. In fact, OTA (over the air) TV signals are often of better digital quality than TV through cable distribution. Cable TV is ...
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Should I ground my TV antenna?

A metal mast should be grounded. At a minimum, use 10 gauge solid or stranded wire run directly to an 8 ft. ground rod. No sharp turns in the wire. You should also have a good surge arrester on ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

Maybe, but there are lots of details about digital signal processing that are more complicated than just using a reflector. Luckily, one of them is a simple off-the-shelf solution: your antenna. Most ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

It can work. It works much better if there are no obstructions in the beam path - using a reflector or other beam-concentrating antenna does not make "the problems with trees and buildings in the ...
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Using old vent pipe as TV antenna

If you want to try this and see what happens, all you need to do is take the end of your coax and touch the center part of the connector to the pipe, while making sure the outer sleeve of the ...
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Cable TV, Antenna, Coaxial - what is this thing?

It's an antenna / satellite combiner. Appears to be an aftermarket add-on. It takes both LNB feeds from the dish, along with the antenna signal, and combines them onto one wire. In this case, it ...
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Who installs a satellite dish if the original company won't?

Would try another roofer or a general contractor. Try to get recommendations from friends and neighbours, they should know the good locals. Installation itself is not rocket science and should be able ...
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Are there 'special' screwdrivers for opening plastic enclosures?

just use a larger screwdriver. with two of the screws fully out and the other two half undone the lid will hinge open image credit amazon. But, as some bozo has mounted it sideways, you may as well ...
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

OTA DTV antenna cable is commonly RG6 (replaced RG59). This is a 75 ohm coaxial cable with an F or BNC termination (probably F). The better quality component video cables use 3 separate RG6 cables ...
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Can I use this old ChannelMaster antenna wallplate with Digital Antenna?

There is a lot of miss information out there concerning TV antennas and it mostly caused by marketing hype. Rabbit ears tv antennas made 50 years ago will pick up broadcast from a TV tower ...
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How can I prevent my computer from interfering with the TV signal?

Okay, I was having this issue and found the problem if your using a Leaf style antenna. I tried lots of things but sometimes you just gotta Keep it simple. I wrapped tin foil around the antenna part ...
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How can I prevent my computer from interfering with the TV signal?

Your TV, sadly, has what is referred to as a susceptibility problem -- it's vulnerable to being confused by electromagnetic trash generated by other gizmos, like air pumps and desktop PCs. From the ...
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HD Antenna Specs / Distance

I wondered the same thing when I shopped for an antenna. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a set of specs or a way of comparing antennas from different manufacturers. All I found were reviews but they ...
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Which cable to use for Antenna?

It looks like you have a common RF 4 way cable splitter, with cable coming into through the green wire and 4 TVs (the other cables). You should look at the splitter closely (is this RF or digital; one ...
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Ota antenna on cable coax with internet on line

No, you will need to isolate the two systems from each other. They cannot exist on the same coax. Unplug lines one by one from the splitter until you locate the modem. That line must be connected ...
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How Do I Bond My Antenna to Home Electrical Ground?

The purpose of an earthen ground is not to direct lightning. It's unlikely that you'll have lightning running down a wire routed through your walls, unless you have other more severe electrical ...
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How to run coax to 10 sites at RV park

If your system is analog and not digital, the following will apply. If it is digital video transmission, it's out of my league. Analog cable television systems transmit radio frequencies into coaxial ...
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TV signal high but quality dips

With antennas there are a lot of check boxes to tick. First it has to be installed and adjusted properly. Most TV antennas are directional and need to be pointed toward the TV station. If they are not ...
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Grounding a TV aerial

You haven't mentioned where you live, so I'll answer according to National Electrical Code. First, the lead-in cable from the antenna, must be connected to an antenna discharge unit. This unit is ...
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Grounding a TV aerial

You can ground off the electrical ground. Cable companies do this all the time. I would only ground off a pipe if no other options existed. Note: When cable companies do this, they attach a new ...
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Best way to divide TV roof antenna to several rooms

For that many outlets, you should invest in a "TV distribution amplifier". A search using that phrase brings up many suitable products. You'll be much happier with the results compared to a "tree" of ...
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Possible causes of a loss of TV signal after reorganising masthead amp and splitter

So it turns out that this wasn't a signal or hardware issue, it was an air-gap issue. I'd incorrectly labelled one of the cables and ended up thinking both ends of the same cable were different cables ...
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How do i properly use conduit across roof shingles?

If there's a solar equipment distributor near you, check with them. Products like this exist for this very purpose. Ironically, because you're just grounding the equipment, the conduit itself, if ...
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

Coax Cable has a particular shielding and is designed for the frequencies that will be carried on it. Your Composite wire does not have that design so your signal will be degraded and quite possibly ...
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What is the difference between a coaxial grounding block, an antenna discharge unit, and lightning arrestor

Antennas can build up a sizeable static charge which needs to be dissipated. Unfortunately the obvious solution of grounding the antenna also removes the signal from the wire. A coaxial grounding ...
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What is the antenna connection on a European TV called?

The photo you posted of connection on the back of your TV is odd. I do not recognize the connector labeled antenna, the connector for the satellite is a coaxial F connection and that is what typical ...
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