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Proper antenna installation procedures and maintenance strategies can help you avoid risky and costly situations. By installing an antenna in a practical spot, you’ll get a crisp signal, and tactical maintenance routines can simplify the process of maintaining the signal.

Installation

If you’re going to install an antenna on a roof, you’ll going to need commercial tools in order to secure the hardware in place. Many stores sell different mounting options for an antenna, and the most popular solutions for windy climates are clamps, pole mounts, and rotary mounts. Once you have a practical mounting system, you’ll need to pick a suitable spot to secure the hardware.

The best spot for an antenna should be elevated, as environmental elements and large obstructions can block a signal. However, in order to maintain a strong signal, you’ll need to determine the signal range in your neighborhood by studying the specs on a local tower map. Many companies provide maps on a website, so the process of printing out the signal information isn’t a hassle. Some organizations also have apps that give users opportunities to pinpoint frequencies on a smart phone.

Maintenance 

Because squirrels impact a television signal by climbing an antenna, you may need to implement maintenance procedures occasionally throughout the spring. If your neighborhood has many squirrels, you’ll need to trim branches in order to keep these animals off of your roof.

Hyper squirrel cause major problems around antennas by realigning the hardware. This commonly happens after a squirrel runs around a unsecured antenna. However, by trimming branches that hang over your roof in the winter, you won’t have to deal with hyper squirrels throughout the spring.

A raccoon is another pest that can harm an antenna. The best way to protect hardware in a neighborhood where this pest roams is by implementing practical defensive procedures. For example, by keeping your trash in a secured spot, the scent won’t attract a raccoon on the property. If a raccoon doesn’t access your yard, it won’t damage the antenna while trying to access the attic.

Whenever you need to perform maintenance to boost a signal, consider the weather conditions and the tools that are needed to resolve the problem. If maintenance is required following a rainstorm or snowstorm, wait until the roof is dry so that you’ll avoid an accident on the roof. When multiple tools are needed to adjust or secure an antenna, always climb the ladder while wearing a tool belt. This accessory will help you keep everything secured as you climb onto the roof.