Antennas aren’t just for ants. 9% of Americans use digital antennas to watch TV.
Antennas may seem out-of-date, but they can offer clear and constant access to TV stations. The main obstacle to using them is learning how to install a TV antenna.
Where should you put your antenna? What are the tools you need to install one? What should you do before you go on your roof?
Answer these questions and you can enjoy your favorite TV shows in little time. Here is your quick guide.
Find the Right Location
Your TV antenna needs to go outside because your walls and insulation can interfere with satellite signals. Yet it is not enough to just put your antenna on your roof.
You need to find a spot where the antenna forms a direct line to the nearest transmission tower. If there are trees or hills in the way, you may need to shift your antenna to the side of your roof. You also may need to point your antenna toward a transmission tower further away so you have a direct line.
Your antenna should be at least ten feet off the ground. If you have a short house, you can put your device on the chimney.
Don’t make a random guess when installing a TV antenna. Get antenna installation help from a company that can find the right place for your device.
Get TV Antenna Installation Tools
You should look at the manual of your TV antenna to figure out which tools you need. In general, you need a screwdriver, wrench, and screws. But you may need duct tape if pieces of your antenna do not fit together perfectly.
If your home is far away from a transmission tower, you can add a signal booster to it. You need to place it on the antenna itself. If you have coaxial cables on your antenna, you should attach them so they do not sag.
Mount the Antenna
Before you go on the roof, you should put on a helmet and kneepads. You should then put on a harness that attaches to the roof itself. If you fall, you will not fall to the ground and hurt yourself.
You should first place a base mount on your rooftop. The mount should fit flat against the roof without sliding down it. You should then screw your antenna into the mount.
If you want to put your antenna on your chimney, you can find a chimney mount for it. Make sure heat can rise out of your chimney without damaging your device.
Master How to Install a TV Antenna
Learning how to install a TV antenna requires some knowledge. There must be a straight line between your antenna and the broadcasting tower. You may need to place your antenna on the corner of your roof to create a straight line.
You should follow the instructions in your manual to construct your antenna. Keep a screwdriver and screws on hand.
You must wear appropriate safety gear. Place your antenna on a base mount so it will stay upright without falling over.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.