Should you repair your Telly or not?

Ok, so this is something that we get asked from time to time, and that is whether or not it is worth getting the flat screen TV fixed or not. Well, this really does depend on the kind of fault or damage done to the TV, and we are talking about the Flat screen TV’s so plasma, LED or LCD. We don’t fix TV’s ourselves, but we use a local firm that does fix them. If there is an intermittent fault, this can end up being more costly than is worth, because there is a charge to the customer for the TV engineer to inspect the appliance since this can take a good few hours, even before any repair work is carried out, it can bump up the price.

For more obvious faults like a failed screen, or power unit, then in these occasions depending on the age of the Television it can be worth paying for it to be repaired. The repair shouldn’t take too long, so you wouldn’t be without the Telly for too long. Again, it really is up to the customer to try to way up whether or not it is worth repairing or not. Getting a cost over the phone for the type of repair you require, weighed up against the cost of a new TV that is under warranty needs to be considered. If you are a handy person, then replacing a faulty power unit may be something that could be done. There are loads of how-to videos on You Tube that will show exactly the correct way to replace something such as a power unit. Be warned though because any tampering of the TV will void any warranty you may nave. Saying that, if you have a warranty, why would you want to attempt to repair the Television anyway.


Replacing the Power Unit on a Samsung Television

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Aerial Installation in Lancaster

We cover quite a bit of the country doing aerials etc, but when the call comes from area’s that are just that little bit too far to travel, then we use subcontractors. This in itself can have problems unless you know the people well that you will be using. The quality of our work is up there with the best, so I want the subbies that we use to carry out their work for us to the same standard. Our aerial and satellite installation work is done using good Digitec Aerials Lancasterquality equipment, our men arrive on time. They are neat and they are polite with the customer, explaining each aspect of the work before carrying it out. They wear over boot covers when entering the customers home and any mess created as part of the installation work is tidied away.

The subcontractors that we use are told in no uncertain terms about the standard of work expected and that there is no room for tardiness or rudeness t our customer. As soon as they go to one of the jobs we book in for them we expect them to behave as if they are now employed by ourselves. They also need to be qualified up to and NVQ level and we also expect them to use the same equipment that we install, that way we can happily guarantee the product for its lifetime warranty.stand off bracket for tv aerial in lancaster

When the engineer arrives at our job, we aspect then to carry out the task that they have been called out for & to also handle any problems with the installation that might crop up. There can be the odd time that an engineer cannot carry out the work requested simply because of it not being physically possible. For instance; if there is no possible location on a property to install a satellite dish and get a signal due to trees or other obstacles that cannot be got around, under these circumstances it would be reasonable to abandon that job. But for other problems that can crop up, we’d expect the engineer to think on his feet and resolve the issue.

Another part of the job is to take a picture of the installation after it has been done. This way we can see if it has been installed correctly and in a neat and tidy manner. The 2 pictures you see on this blog are from one of our contractors Digitec Aerials in Lancaster, they are used to do jobs we get in and around the Lancaster, Morecambe areas. The job they did was a digital aerial installation to 3 points in a house in Lancaster. The picture shows us that the aerial is the correct log periodic digital aerial that we use, and it was mounted on a new mast and stand off bracket complete with the splitter firmly fixed the base of the mast exactly how we would do this ourselves. By keeping a record of the work done we are able to ensure the continuity of the high-level service we provide to all of our customers whatever the distance.

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Installing a Satellite Dish on your Propertry


Installing a satellite dish on your property can be a fairly simple process if you have some practical skills and have the right equipment. To put this kind of set up into perspective, if having never tried this kind of thing before. As an aerial and satellite engineer, I enjoy the installing of Sky, or Freesat dishes the most since it is usually one of the easiest jobs I get booked in to do. As long as there is a line of site, and there aren’t any trees or buildings in the way, lining up a dish is a very straight forward task. Also, there is no need to be high up on the ladder, unless the customer wants a discreet installation, where in that case it may be fixed to a chimney stack.

Below will be a video about how to put together the dish correctly, since writing it out will be long winded and not very good reading. So presuming you have a sky dish set up, you are now ready to fix the wall bracket to a suitable location on your house. Before you start any work, you must be sure that where you are installing the dish will be in a place that it will get a good strong signal. What I do if I am unsure is to plug the satellite meter to the lnb and I point the dish in the location i think it should go. If I can’t get a signal using the meter, then I will move to a different location. However, presuming that you have done this I then start the installation. The bracket really does require to be fitted to a brick wall and not the wooden or plastic soffits of the house.  the tool you will need for this is an impact drill with a 10 mm masonry bit, plus 4 plugs, washers, and Fischer bolts. Line up the bracket so that it is straight, and use a marker to make the marks where the drilling must be.

After attaching the bracket I then fix the satellite dish arm to the bracket and finger tighten the bolts tight enough so that it doesn’t move too easily. I then attach my meter and start to line up to the best signal I can by moving the dish left or right, and also up and down slowly until I line it up in the best way, then I tighten the bolts to fix it all in place, all the time keeping my eye on the meter making sure the strength of the signal doesn’t diminish whilst doing so. The final adjustment I make is to gently twist the LNB as this sometimes makes a difference to the strength and quality fo the signal being received. Once all is good, and the satellite dish is securely coax coverfixed,  it is time to run the coax cable.

Getting a twin cable into the house from outside will usually require an impact drill and a 30cm x 10mm masonry drill bit. It’s a specialist piece of kit, but the drill and bits can be hired for very little money from a tool hire shop. When drilling a hole through the wall, assuming that is what is required, is done by drilling from inside the house, as the impact drill causes a small brick burst as it exits the wall, better this is done on the outside and not inside because you will need to replaster the wall inside. Make sure where you are drilling is not near where electric cables or water or gas pipes are, check both inside and outside where the drill bit will exit. Not taking care at this point has caused many a satellite engineer, an expensive call to an emergency gas engineer to repair a gas pipe. When you put the cable through, make sure to leave a water drip loop. This is to prevent water running along the cable and into the hole, and into the property, see image.

That is it, all that is needed si for the cables to be terminated using F-plugs, and then connect these to the satellite receiver.



How to Install a Satellite Dish

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Getting the Colour Right on your LED TV

Color temperatures are stated to become probably the most overlooked controls on Brought televisions, the feature that enables you to definitely dial within the most accurate color representation. Typically, should you set the colour temperature in your Brought television excessive the colour assumes a bluish tint whereas should you underestimate the quantity of color temperature for that displayed image then your picture assumes much more of a reddish colored hue.

Cooler and Warmer Color Temps

For this reason high color temps on Brought sets are known as cooler – the greater temps possess a bluish, awesome appearance. Lower color temps with an Brought television are alternatively known as warmer because of the reddish colored, apparently more calm image that’s broadcast towards the viewer. Many people just should you prefer a slightly warmer set color temperature for his or her LCD or Brought television, so that they select a fluorescent or similar backlight technology that reflects their preference for just one color temperature style over another.

Elevated Customizability

About about ten years ago television makers began permitting customers to personalize if the picture they viewed was more awesome or warm when it comes to temperature.

Even though this was a bit of useless at that time – and stays useless that lots of Brought and LCD television producers still exploit – many more recent televisions are going to the bluest or coolest possible color temperature setting to dazzle clients in shops. This, however, isn’t always the very best picture you are able to eke from your Brought set.

For reasons uknown, a persons eye perceives a blue image as in some way ritzier or better which is largely the main reason LCD, and then Brought, televisions elevated a lot hype within the 2000s on showroom shows.

Technical Facets of Color Temperature

Should you ran three images close together Body set at 4000 kelvin, another 6000 kelvin and also the last at 8000 kelvin – you’d easily spot the variations within the precision and contrast from the displayed images. The cheapest temperature – the 4000 kelvin one – would seem more reddish colored and warm, and never always very accurate. The 6000 kelvin temperature would seem about normal and also the 8000 kelvin temperature will make to have an image that “pops” but may not be very accurate either.

The saying “correlated color temperature” may be the technical term that’s utilized by television engineers worried about the basics of illumination. An average temperature scale is placed on the kelvin model and varies from around 1,000 kelvin to 10,000 kelvin. As mentioned before, the low temps can give your television much more of a hot, reddish colored tint and also the greater temps (e.g., 9000 kelvin) can give off much more of a awesome, bluish tint.

Both everywhere extremes might be equally inaccurate at representing a sunset or the game of basketball in your Brought screen, however, many television manufactures only demonstrate the bluish, high-finish because that “pops” and appears appealing to clients in shops.

The Golden Mean: 6500 Kelvin

Associated with pension transfer things in existence, an account balance between everywhere is required to find the best results. Accordingly, most television gurus state that a temperature close to 6,500 kelvin is fantastic for representing everywhere tones precisely in your Brought television. It’s also suggested that you simply dial within the contrast and gamma configurations to suit this modified temperature setting.

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