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  # 670266 9-Aug-2012 20:55
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mjb: No ceiling space access?

There is a hatch in a second story bedroom (access to a header tank) which could also give me access to where the cable enters the house, but in reality the roof pitch is too low for me to get anywhere near it.

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  # 671131 11-Aug-2012 18:51
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froob: I replaced the dining room jack with a new Belling Lee connector (the wire is similar to RG6 but thinner, and with a braided central core meaning I can't wire f-connectors), which gave me strong reception in the dining room. I also opened up the jack in the lounge where the wires are twisted together and gave that join a bit of a clean, which now gives much better (but not perfect) reception in the lounge. 

My guess is that is where the signal is being lost! Just twisting them together would cause all sorts of issues. If you were getting signal from just the wire in the wall you shouldn't need an amp.

My advice would be:

1 - Use the RG59-F connectors that RunningMan suggested to terminate both ends of all wires (lounge jack, dining jack and at aerial on roof if it takes an F-connector, [this may need waterproofing..])

2 - Install a F-connector splitter behind the lounge jack.

3 - Change the jackpoint wallplates to ones with F-connectors on the rear. (I'm assuming the ones you have are probably screw and saddle)

If that doesn't get it working then you probably have to look at replacing the wiring.


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  # 673705 17-Aug-2012 14:31

ah, so fixed nailed down slate tiles? Yuck. Being that they are on external walls, if you could remove them, there will be a cavity between your oamaru stones and the inside framing, which you could drop lines down and draw cables up if required. However, if they're nailed down + fixed slates, and you're sure they're aspest, Id be hesistant to touch them. 

You say 'almost line of sight' to cargill = where exactly are you? theres areas in dunedin that are 'almost line of sight' which are terrible, and others that arent. (I am an installer in dunedin). 

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