Pole Mount Installation Process

  • Using the shovel and post hole digger, dig a hole
    • Do not dig within 24” of utility markings
    • Hole must be 3′ deep and at least 7″ wide at the bottom
    • If in an 8’ pole market, then the hole must be 4’ deep
      • Depending on your location, a breaker bar may be needed to break up the ground prior to digging
  • Keep dirt in a neat pile near the hole to fill in later
  • Place the flat end of the pole into the center of the hole
  • Pour one 50 pound bag of fast-setting concrete into the hole
    • It is recommended to wear a dust mask when working with concrete
  • Pour one gallon of water into the hole
  • Pour the second 50 pound bag of concrete into the hole
  • Pour the remaining gallon of water into the hole
  • Gently stir with the pole
    • Be careful not to pull the pole out
  • Put the level on the pole and level it
    • At two locations (90 degrees apart)
  • Immediately wash your hands after working with concrete using customer’s hose
  • Check the level readings every 10 minutes while the concrete is drying
    • The concrete will take at least 30-45 minutes to set
    • It’s important to ensure that the pole remains level, because once the concrete has set, if the pole is not level, it can’t be adjusted
  • While the concrete is drying, dig a trench starting from the house and moving toward the pole mount location
    • Dig trench at least 6” deep and underneath the sod (where applicable)
      • Do not dig within 18” of utility markings
      • Dig carefully as sprinkler lines will not be marked
  • Route the burial cable through a sweep at the house (if grass is present)
    • If no grass, the sweep at the house is not needed
  • Route the burial cable through trench covering with dirt and/or sod
  • Once the concrete is dry, verify the pole is still level
    • The concrete needs to be set before applying any pressure, such as attaching the cables or a dish assembly (30-45 mins)
  • Disconnect the burial cable from LNBF
  • If this is for a dishNET installation, install the adapter on the pole
  • Place the assembled dish onto the pole
    • Must be sure the concrete has completely set
  • Attach a jumper cable to the LNBF and reattach the LNBF to the bracket of dish
  • Point and peak the dish
  • Remove LNBF and disconnect the jumper
  • Run burial cable through a sweep
  • Attach sweep to the pole with zip ties where the cable enters the ground
  • Route the cable up the pole using zip ties
  • Attach a ground strap to the pole and connect the messenger wire
  • Create a service loop
  • Feed burial cable through the arm
  • Trim any excess cable and install new connectors
  • Reattach cable(s) to LNBF
  • Reattach LNBF to bracket
  • Fill the hole with dirt
    • Enough to bury the sweep