If you already have an aerial tv installed and you want to watch tv in another room then you will need another aerial socket or aerial point installed. Find out how much does it cost to install tv aerial points or sockets in this guide.
Dodgy TV reception can be a real pain for you and your family; distorted sound and fuzzy picture quality reduces the experience of your favourite programmes. It might be tempting to just grab the ladder from the shed and re-position your aerial mast yourself, but the fact is that the problem is sometimes closer to home – and only a qualified engineer with proven experience should start tampering about with internal TV points.
Identifying TV Aerial Points Problems
But how will you know which part of your aerial connection is faulty? Well, first of all you can check the signal quality of all the TV points installed in your home by seeing if reception varies from room-to-room – if one set suffers particularly bad signal compared to others, then it is more likely that only the TV point needs fixing, rather than the outdoor mast.
Position & Quality Of Down-Lead
The only other option is to check the position and quality of your down-lead, making sure there are no obvious cracks or chinks that need patching up. If all is well, then you can pretty much assume your TV points might be suffering from poor signal quality or interior physical damage – meaning it’s time to call in a tv aerial contractor.
Benefits Of Hiring A Certified TV Aerial Installer
Hiring a full-qualified, CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries) certified aerial installer will save time and money in the long-run, as they will be able to:
- Ensure you purchase the correct down-leads, co-axial plugs and TV wires to match your chosen TV points, so that everything neatly fits together and you get the smoothest signal possible.
- Position the TV points exactly where you want them, so the TV can be placed in various points across a single room and be arranged around the rest of the furniture rather than the other way round.
- Install as many TV points as it is legally possible under your existing digital-signal contract; reducing the need for shoddy portable aerials and ensuring all the family receives the best quality television from the comfort of their own rooms
- Install a booster-receptor in your loft or attic, allowing the TV signal from your mast to relay into several different rooms at once without the need for additional external down-leads or cables.
- Provide screened surface plates to protect your internal circuit-boards and prevent damage to the point or interference with the reception from inside your home (such as from pets or children etc).
- Test the security of your new points and the quality of your television reception once everything has been installed or fitted – so any changes or improvements can be made all in one visit, as soon as possible!
TV Point Installation Cost
The price of new TV point aerial installation will vary from home to home, but in most cases a contractor is likely to charge between £30 to £40 + VAT for each additional tv socket. The cost might seem a bit high but you will be sure that you get high-quality TV reception in a matter of hours – and obtaining a ten to twenty year guarantee means you won’t have to worry about any future damage for a long time either!
How to install a TV aerial
f you are thinking of getting a new aerial or replacing an old one, you will need to know how to how to install it properly. The best option would be to hire a professional TV aerial installer, but in a bid to save cash you could opt to do carry out a TV aerial installation DIY style. The main type of TV aerial that is used is the rooftop tripod mount fitted with a four to six foot mast pipe.
Installing a TV aerial can be hard work and you’ll need certain equipment for this task. If you don’t already have the equipment it could be cheaper to hire a tradesman to do the job for you. You will need the following:
- Cordless drill
- Screwdriver set
- Open-end wrench set
- Work belt
- Rooftop tripod and mast mount
- Grounding strap
- Grounding strap mounting block
- Wire cuttings
- Copper grounding rod
- Staple gun and heavy-gauge staples
Due to the nature of the work you will also need a family member or friend to help out with the job as it would be unsafe to do this task alone.
DIY TV aerial installation
1. Position your ladder so that you will be able to access the roof. Make sure you adhere to any safety information in the manufactures guidelines.
2. Attach your work belt and in it put your screwdriver set, open ended wrench and drill bits. If it will fit, also attach your drill in order to speed things up. If this isn’t possible make two trips to ensure safety.
3. Attach one end of the grounding strap to the belt and have your friend on the ground hold the spool, they will need to feed the grounding strap as you climb.
4. Ascend the ladder, once safely on top of the roof ask your friend to tie the other end of the grounding strap to the tripod, opt for double knots for extra security. Once your friend has completed that job, pull the tripod to the roof.
5. Position the tripod where you would like to install the TV aerial. Drill the holes into the roof through each of the tripod feet. Then use a screwdriver to secure the tripod stays in place.
6. Place the mast into the mast mounting rings of the tripod and tighten the mounting ring screws so the mast pipe is incapable of moving vertically. Screw these as tight as you can to ensure no wind damage.
7. Cut the knot from the grounding strap with the wire cutters in your belt and then lower it down to your partner. They will need to attach the TV aerial to the strap as well as one end of the coaxial cable. Once you have them atop the roof, mount it to the mast following the instructions it came with.
8. Connect the coaxial cable that your aerial came with along with the grounding strap to the aerial, and lower the empty end down. Use the heavy gauge staples to secure the cable and the grounding strap to the roof leading to the edge where the ladder is placed.
9. Come down from the room and hammer the grounding rod into the ground with a sledgehammer until only a foot or so is above ground. Slice the strap block over the rod and to the rod securely. Insert the grounding strap into the strap slot on the block and tighten it securely as well
10. Run the coaxial cable into your house and connect it to the television. If any adjustments are required you will need to go back and adjust the aerial until you get optimal signal strength.