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DIY Electrics: Assessing Safety and Knowing When to Stop

When I bought my first home, I could only afford one that was a bit worn down. As we didn't have a lot of money to pay a contractor, my partner and I did a lot of the work ourselves. While we were keen to tackle drywall, rip up and replace flooring and paint everything, we were a bit scared of the electrics. The house was old, and it had suffered from water damage. I wasn't sure what was safe and what wasn't. However, I learned a lot about electrics along the way, and I fell in love with the topic. I want to help others in the same situation so decided to start this blog. My name is Kate, and welcome.

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Tips to Help You Get Better Signals Using Your Digital Antenna

It can be very challenging to get a strong signal for all channels that you would like to receive using your indoor digital antenna. However, there are some tips that can help you to get acceptable reception using that digital antenna. This article discusses some of those helpful tips.

Use a Longer Cable

Using a longer cable may sometimes weaken the signal of your antenna. This is because the signal is subjected to interference from different sources, such as electromagnetic fields from nearby electronics, for a longer duration. However, your decision to use a longer cable may be worth taking that risk of signal degradation if the longer cable enables you to place the indoor antenna in a location where the signal is very strong. That strong signal may more than compensate for the drop in signal quality due to the long cable.

Change Its Orientation

Is your antenna positioned vertically? You may be surprised to find that the signal will be better if you position the antenna horizontally. Start by placing it on the floor and see whether there will be an impact on the signal strength. Afterwards, keep changing the orientation or direction the antenna faces until you get the orientation with the best reception.

Change the Type of Cable

There are many types of antenna cables available on the market. Each has its own strengths and benefits. For instance, RG316 cable can withstand very high temperatures. Such a cable is good if you will run it through an attic that can become very hot during some months of the year. Consider changing the type of antenna cable that you use in case all the measures above have failed to give you better reception. Contact your electrician for help in choosing a better type of cable.

Consider Using an Amplifier

Do you have an amplifier? That amplifier may be affecting the quality of your reception. This is because stations that are close to you may have their signal amplified so much that it blocks out stations with weaker signals. It may therefore be better for you to disconnect that amplifier and see how your reception improves. Alternatively, consider using an amplifier if you live far from the stations that you wish to receive. Your electrician can advise you on whether you are far enough to need an amplifier.

Poor reception may be a result of several factors. If the remedies above do not yield positive results, consult professionals for help. They will pay you a visit before recommending the most cost-effective way to address your problem.