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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2013

Who can install a television antenna on the roof of my house?

I live in South Capital Santa Fe, in the black hole as some of our friends call it...I need a HD Antenna mounted high on a pole on my roof.

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I presume you have checked what cable or DTV would cost you from your phone company - might be a better deal for you than sinking the better part of $200-300 into an antenna.

Check your local codes first - commonly limit height and square feet of antenna allowed, and sometimes require they be painted sky blue or gray.

If you are talking a standard TV antenna (be sure is rated for your area's wind loads, which with thunderstorm are high), then a handyman can probably handle the actual install for you - be sure he drills pilot holes for the bolts and caulks them WELL both in and around the top of the hole before putting in the mounting bolts, so you don't get leaks, and of course no installation through ridge vent or shingles.

If you want a professional job to make it less likely there will be roof damage from walking wrong or installing wrong, then most roofers will do this.

For the most professional electrical part of the job, an instrucmentation and communication electrician would be best, and should also be able to help select the appropriate cables,, connectors, grounding equipment, etc.

You have to be sure the right cable is used, depending on whether indoors or outdoors and for length of run so you get a clear signal, and definitely use gold-plated connectors - cost a couple of bucks more but avoid the corrosion problem. All connections in attic and outdoors should be assembled with dielectric silicone to waterproof them, and the connection at the antenna should also be heat-shrunk after assembly or it WILL eventually get water in it. Also, be sure any outside cable is fastened to the mast and to the wall or inside face of rafters every 3-4 feet so it cannot slap in the wind.

In your neck of the woods you should also run the proper weight ground cable to a ground rod for lightning protection, and hook a lighting arrestor in-line with the cable also. Therefore, you either need to do a bunch of research, or get a communications electrician to handle it for you.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Hey Scot. Sean A. with Member Services here.

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and searching for "TV Antenna" in the "Search the List" tab of the search box. Also, while all of these providers are far from your area, I've made sure they do service your area.

Hi-Tech Homes, LLC

2405 Inca Rd NE

Rio Rancho, NM 87144

(505) 321-2241

Mock N Son

108 Latigo Tr. SE

Rio Rancho, NM 87124

(505) 261-6634

Eagle Electrical Systems

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 934-7011

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