Tools and equipment for DIY sat dish installation

Installing a satellite dish yourself requires careful preparation, planning and patience.

Before you start, please read the Health and Safety advice page.

General tools and equipment for satellite dish installation:

  • Strong ladders to reach the place where you intend to position your satellite dish. See advice on positioning a satellite dish.
  • An electric drill, preferably with "hammer drill" setting.
  • Ideally, the electric drill should be battery-operated so that you do not have a mains cable running up the ladder.
  • If the drill is mains-operated, you will need an electrical extension cable that can reach from a wall socket to the top of your ladders. For added electrical safety, you could use an isolating transformer or ELCB (earth-leakage circuit breaker).
  • You will need at least two masonry bits: a small one suitable for drilling a pilot hole and a larger one suitable for drilling the final hole for the fixing bolt to a suitable width and depth.
  • A drill bit suitable for drilling a hole for the cable to go through a wall or window frame.
  • Spanners, adjustable wrench or socket wrench suitable for fixing the bracket bolts to the wall and for clamping the sat dish to the brackets.
  • Wire cutters and a 'Stanley' knife or sharp blade for cutting the co-axial cable and trimming the end neatly to connect to the LNB and STB (set-top box).

Other equipment needed for sat dish installation

  • Ideally, a satellite dish alignment meter if available.
  • Or a cheap satellite dish alignment electronic aid (see below).
  • Alternatively, a satellite dish alignment compass.
Satellite finder

Electronic Satellite Finder

A basic signal strength meter and an audible tone to help you locate the best alignment for the satellite dish.

You can buy this satellite finder for about £9 (€10).

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