How to Mount a Satellite Dish on a Balcony

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How to Mount a Satellite Dish on a Balcony
Mount your satellite dish to your balcony. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

There are two common ways to mount a satellite dish onto a balcony. You can either secure the mast to a wood railing -- if it is wide enough to support the base -- or use a tripod mount. Before you decide to mount your dish on your balcony, make sure you have a unobstructed line of sight to the southern sky so your dish can receive the signal.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Power drill

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Instructions

    Mounting the Satellite Dish to a Railing

  1. 1

    Confirm that your wood railing is wide enough to support the base of the mast by placing the base onto the railing. If your railing is wider then the base, then it is safe to mount your dish.

  2. 2

    Place the base of the dish's mast on the railing where you want to mount it.

  3. 3

    Take one of the screws that came with the dish and place it into one of the four screw holes on the base. With your power drill, screw the screw directly into the railing's wood. Repeat the process for the other three screw holes until you have secured the base to the railing.

  4. 4

    Place the sleeve on the back of the dish over the end of the mast secured to your railing. Point the dish in the direction you need for your location and tighten the bolts on the sleeve to hold the dish in place.

    Using a Tripod to Mount Your Dish

  1. 1

    Assemble your tripod according to the instructions that came with the mount.

  2. 2

    Slide the mast of the satellite dish into the hole on the top of the mount. Tighten the bolts on the mount to hold the mast into place.

  3. 3

    Place the sleeve on the back of the dish over the top end of the mast. Do not tighten the bolts on the sleeve until you have properly aimed your dish.

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