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  • Zandarkoad commented on trans4mation's instructable Real Captain America Shield3 years ago
    Real Captain America Shield

    This is a much higher quality build I think than the satellite dish versions. But those are definitely cheaper. The current price on the sled in this article is ~$40. I mentioned this in another instructable, but you can get an old satellite dish reflector from a local satellite installer (http://www.satellitetechnicians.com/) for $10 (or maybe less). The best dish is a Dish Network D500 reflector (no need to get the whole dish). I love this concept.

    This is a much higher quality build I think than the satellite dish versions. But those are definitely cheaper. The current price on the sled in this article is ~$40. I mentioned this in another instructable, but you can get an old satellite dish reflector from a local satellite installer (www.satelitetechnicians.com) for $10 (or maybe less). The best dish is a Dish Network D500 reflector (no need to get the whole dish). I love this concept.

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  • Captain America Shield from used satellite dish

    Okay, so this is the fastest and cheapest way to get your hands on a suitable satellite dish. Call any local satellite technician at http://www.satellitetechnicians.com who works on Dish Network or DirecTV systems and ask if they have any junk dishes for sale. Keep these things in mind when calling:1.) You don't need a complete working dish. You just need the part that is called the "reflector". The technician can keep the LNB, LNB arm, and mounting hardware.2.) You need a "reflector." That is the part of the dish you want.3.) The best size dish for this project is a "Dish 500" reflector. It's best if it isn't dented or rusted of course. The Dish Network Dish 500 reflector is 20". It is not perfectly round, but there are literally no dishes ...

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    Okay, so this is the fastest and cheapest way to get your hands on a suitable satellite dish. Call any local satellite technician at http://www.satellitetechnicians.com who works on Dish Network or DirecTV systems and ask if they have any junk dishes for sale. Keep these things in mind when calling:1.) You don't need a complete working dish. You just need the part that is called the "reflector". The technician can keep the LNB, LNB arm, and mounting hardware.2.) You need a "reflector." That is the part of the dish you want.3.) The best size dish for this project is a "Dish 500" reflector. It's best if it isn't dented or rusted of course. The Dish Network Dish 500 reflector is 20". It is not perfectly round, but there are literally no dishes that are in the US market that are perfectly round, unless you go to the bigger ones that are 30" or larger. Those are also very rare and far more expensive. A DirecTV standard definition dish reflector (18") is a good runner up to the Dish 500 for this application.4.) Offer $10 or so. All Dish 500s are nearly useless in today's market because they are used almost exclusively for standard definition programming. Remember, you don't need the LNB.5.) If you offer $20+ they may even drop it off at your house depending on where you live, and if you are willing to wait until your house is near their route.Source: 10+ years as a satellite technician.

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  • How to Safely Install a Satellite Dish DIY Style

    "You can purchase a basic satellite signal meter at a home improvement store for less than $30." While it's true you CAN do this, you probably shouldn't. They are going to be useless on all the modern HD dishes (both Dish and DirecTV). I know, I installed dishes for 10+ years for every company in the US.My advice? Follow this guide completely to get everything in place. (It is a pretty good walk through). Then either:1.) Use the signal meter built into the satellite receiver itself to peak in the dish. It would help to have someone on the phone inside while you are on your phone outside. That way they can read the numbers to you in real time. This process can be incredibly time consuming, especially if you ignore the part about making sure the mast is absolutely 100%...

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    "You can purchase a basic satellite signal meter at a home improvement store for less than $30." While it's true you CAN do this, you probably shouldn't. They are going to be useless on all the modern HD dishes (both Dish and DirecTV). I know, I installed dishes for 10+ years for every company in the US.My advice? Follow this guide completely to get everything in place. (It is a pretty good walk through). Then either:1.) Use the signal meter built into the satellite receiver itself to peak in the dish. It would help to have someone on the phone inside while you are on your phone outside. That way they can read the numbers to you in real time. This process can be incredibly time consuming, especially if you ignore the part about making sure the mast is absolutely 100% completely level.OR2.) Get everything in place, run the line, install the mount, get the dish assembled in place, and call a professional satellite technician (www.satellitetechnicians.com) to peak in the dish. When you call them, let them know everything is done, you just need the dish peaked in. It should be about 50% cheaper for the service call this way versus a full professional install.OR3.) Screw it all and just call an expert satellite installer right away (again, www.satellitetechnicians.com) It costs between $100 to $150 for a full install, depending on how many rooms you need hooked up. You will have to decide how many tools you already have on hand, and how many you'll need to purchase. Also consider how long it will take you to do. 4-8 hours is a reasonable estimate for someone who has no experience. How valuable is your time? An experienced satellite installer will take 1-2 hours for most full installs.

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  • How to make a solar cooker from a satellite dish

    HD DirecTV dishes are larger than HD Dish Network dishes now a days. The best method for finding a cheap reflector (that's the part of the dish you need) is to call your local satellite installer at www.satellitetechnicians.com. They are professionals, either ask them how much one costs, or offer ~$20 for the reflector and arm. Do let them know that you do not need the LNB (that is the expensive part at the end of the arm). Otherwise they might want you to pay close to $100 for an entire HD dish. It may be a good idea to get the mounting hardware as well from them, if you think you could use it when setting up your solar cooker.

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