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Question DetailsAsked on 5/19/2011

How do I remove a giant antennae from my roof?

The previous homeowners had a giant antenna installed on one side of the roof. It's tethered to the roof with five or six cables. There's a thick gray cord coming from the antenna down the side of the house and into the house, though I'm not sure what it connects to. I'm pretty sure this antenna is for television reception, but we have cable, so this isn't an issue for us. If we can't remove it ourselves, what type of person would provide this service? (roofer? electrician?) We need to not only get it off the roof, but also safely disconnect any wires from it. And I want to make sure that it really isn't something that we actually need to have.

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I'd suggest calling a local roofer and seeing what he recommends. He might say to call someone else, but since this is a safety issue for you it sounds like it's time to make some calls.

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


My home had a TV antenna and a CB (citizen's band) antenna. A ham radio & CB emergency services volunteer group was happy to remove one of the antennas (and provided a local government agency letter of acceptance for me to use as a tax deduction). Regardless your antenna's purpose, have it removed by someone knowledgeable, and have a roofer check for/repair any holes in the roof after the guyline (tether) pins are removed. Absent reuse for it's original purpose, you might be able to recoop expenses when you sell the metal to a scrap dealer.

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


Thanks everyone for your great suggestions! I will try to find radio clubs in my area. I was also thinking of asking around at a Radio Shack, because in my online searching for information on removing an antenna, I've found many mentions of people at Radio Shack being knowledgable about installing such an antenna.

I'll also try and get a better photo of the antenna, so you can see what I'm talking about. It's seriously massive :o)

Answered 9 years ago by Zifa16


Where are you in PA? I could take it down for $100. Leo 410-616-9898.

Answered 9 years ago by ServiceQuestIntl


Leo, I sent you an e-mail.

Answered 9 years ago by Zifa16


The suggestion from Commonsense is a good one - - you will need to watch for a roofer who has the ability to deal with the shifting weight of the antenna as the cables are removed and make darn sure you find one with good insurance. Anchor points for the antenna are probably going to be the things you will want to watch being removed or covered - more so if that's a flat roof.

Hard to tell what the antenna's use is without being able to see higher up the pole. But, before checking for a roofer, you might see if your area of Pennsylvania has an amature radio (Ham) club. Contact them to see if one of their members can help you identify the antenna. You might be surprised at how helpful these folks can be and it could turn out that the antenna has some value to one of the club members and you'd find willing (and qualified) help to secure it and remove it without damage to the equipment or your home.

You could wind up with both. Someone with the radio/antenna experience to get the equipment off without damage and someone with roofing experience to patch/repair the mounting points.

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch

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