Last Saturday we had a new customer. He had cut the cord himself about a year ago but his indoor antennas were not cutting it. Every time someone walked in front of the TV, the signal would cut out. Needless to say, his Super Bowl plans for the following day were in jeopardy. freeTVEE came to the rescue.
Our anxious customer could have probably figured all of this out himself. His wood shop and tool collection made me green with envy and he had set up several indoor antennas by himself. Unfortunately for him the wiring was mess and his knees were not what they used to be. Over the years the cable companies and satellite companies must have installed a mile of coaxial wiring and more splitters than I could count. For the amateur DIY-er, even an amateur as experienced as he, this would have taken weeks to figure out. It also required a lot of time in the crawlspace. Here is a picture of me kneeling in the crawlspace with my headlamp on:
The problem at this house was all the old wiring and two crawlspaces, one below the main house and one below the addition. As crawlspaces go, this one was not too bad. The earth floor was covered in high quality plastic and the spiders were friendly enough. After about an hour crawling around on my hands and knees I figured out why he had not been able to do it himself. The details are a little boring unless you do this kind of work but needless to say it would have been tough for an amateur to figure out. Lets just say that every installer prior to me had taken the lazy way out and not done the job properly. This rings true on all of our jobs and we tell our customers this: the hardest part of our installations is often figuring out the wiring. If you don’t know how the cable and satellite guys do it then you will run into problems with your antenna reception.
After two hours I finally figured it all out and got 68 channels on the new antenna, one of which was CBS in HD. CBS broadcast the Super Bowl and he was happy. Its a shame the game itself was such a snoozer.