How to Get Rid of Old Satellites & Receivers

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How to Get Rid of Old Satellites & Receivers
The typical satellite dish attaches to an exterior wall or roof with four bolts. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If it's time to upgrade your satellite television equipment or if you no longer need your satellite gear, there are several options for getting rid of the dish and receiver. You may take down the dish yourself instead of hiring a professional to remove it. The receiver can be disconnected in less than a minute.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers or hex nut drivers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Position the ladder as close as possible to the satellite dish an recruit a friend to hold the ladder steady while you climb.

  2. 2

    Loosen and detach the cable or cables from the rear panel of the dish using pliers.

  3. 3

    Extract the four bolts holding the dish bracket to the building, using a screwdriver or hex-nut driver, depending on the type of bolt. The dish can now be removed.

  4. 4

    Unplug the power cord from the satellite receiver and disconnect the audio-video cables from the back panel.

  5. 5

    Donate the equipment to a charity of your choice or place an online advertisement on any classified ad website offering the satellite receiver and dish at no cost to anyone who wishes to pick up the equipment. Other environmentally-friendly options are linked in the Resources section. You can also try to sell the used equipment. You may get a better price if the dish and receiver still work with local satellite subscription services, come with all necessary connecting cables and include the remote control for the receiver.

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