How much to bung the installer

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  1. camBB

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    Getting HD installed on Monday and was wondering on how much to bung the engineer to install extra cabling so i can use the RF port.

    It'll go from downstairs to upstairs on the outside wall.
     
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    i would expect at least £20...
     
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    Just offer to buy him a drink.;)
     
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    Both good ideas, let us know how you get on. :)
     
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    need to bung the installer myself.

    but first.

    getting sky hd in due course, only have a nomal box at the min, so he will need to add an extra coax cable for the hd box, but if i run a cable from my bedroom to the dish, will he wire it up for me ? does he need extra equipment on the dish to add a second box ?

    I'll most certainly give him a few £'s !
     
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    If hes polite and does a tidy job and makes an effort to do it all properly £20

    if hes a loud mouth chav who chucks it in as fast as possible nowt
     
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    It will also depend on much work he has for the day, he may not have the time to do it that day.

    As for the poster who wants to have a another feed into their upstairs room and is going to run it theirselves, then most engineers will connect it to the dish for you.
     
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    How do you mean by this?


    Cos atm we are have redecoration... but we jsut ffinished a room (both ground floor receptions - back and from)
    We want the cable to satellite in the front room - which wil lstart its renovation in about a months time..

    we're moving the TV to the back room - which already has a cable going up to the roof- so all we need to ask is to conenct it to the satellite?
    is it possible to have more than one feed?
    and is it a different cable - because we already have a connected socket to an empty cable..


    please please clarify xD:confused:
     
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    A bacon sarnie can often buy a lot of goodwill.
     
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    Cup of tea and choc biscuits was enough for mine back in August!
     
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    Offer him what you would be happy to except or offer him what you feel the job is worth remembering that he has a living to make.
     
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    How about doing it your self,theres nothing to it and you will probably do a better job and get gold connectors as i did,the lot cost me a tenner from maplins.:smashin:
     
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    Well the guy just finished and was too busy to install the extra cable.

    I even offered him £20!!!
     
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    Good try!


    ...absolutely and if you go the DIY route (couple of tips)...

    1) Drill inside to outside slightly down-wards from horizontal as rain doesn't go uphill well without a lots of persuasion.

    2) At the bottom of the cable run where the cable goes into the house run it say 5cm to one side of the hole then 5cm below the hole then backup up (i.e. it has a little saggy loop below the hole). This means that all the rain will run down the cable and drip off the loop at the bottom (not into the hole). This helps as well.

    If you're not a DIY person, I'm sure you must know someone with a drill who likes beer. :thumbsup:
     
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    All good tips above,

    3) If your walls are filled with random stone and rubble, once your have drilled through - don't remove the drill bit, get someone to feed the cable in as you slowly remove the bit - this will hopefully stop rubbish falling down inside the wall and blocking your new hole.
     
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    Excellent - I'll remember that one. :thumbsup:
     
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    Unfortunately it isn't 100% - it has worked 5 times out of 6 in our house :smashin: We live in a victorian house built from random stone.

    The 100% way to do it is to drill a slightly oversize hole, leave the bit in situ, remove the drill, then knock the bit out from the other side using a piece of plastic pipe the same diameter as the bit. Cut the pipe of flush and feed the cable through that.
     
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    Yes, that does seem a better and more reliable method. :smashin:
     
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    Friend of mine had his HD installed January 16th, he wanted to move his Sky+ box upstairs, run a cable etc...the guy charged him £25 for doing it.

    He was a contractor, not a Sky engineer in a Sky van. Hope this helps,
     

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