TV cable wire for connecting to an aerial, or antenna, needs to be fastened along the building with cable ties that prevent the coaxial cable from swaying in the wind, getting tangled or yanked by curious children. Cable ties are also useful for installing an anti-bird perch on your aerial. This device is typically made of plastic to prevent signal interference, and is designed to prevent birds from landing on your aerial, which can cause your TV reception to go haywire.
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Things you need
- Eye hooks
- Power drill with masonry bits
- TV cable ties
Run the cable along the roof and down the side of the exterior wall as straight as possible to the point where the cable enters the building. Have a friend hold the ladder whenever you work off the ground.
Twist an eye hook into the roofing tiles along the cable route at regular intervals, using pliers. Add eye hooks down the side of the wall, twisting each into the wood or using a power drill to form starter holes in brick or masonry for adding eye hooks.
Insert a cable tie through the loop in the eye hook and around the aerial cable to form a loop. Push the end of the cable tie through the slotted hole on the opposite end and pull tight. Repeat this process for each eye hook along the cable path.
Attach aerial bird spikes to your antenna using cable ties in the same manner. The spikes have a groove that fits onto the antenna, then secures by looping a cable tie over the antenna rod and the spike.
Tips and warnings
- Check cable ties once a year. Plastic ties can weaken and eventually break from exposure to sunlight.
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