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    Coaxial Water Feature

    Well guys, this is how Zak's life goes sometimes

    I have noticed, since living in this rented house, that the quality of digital TV is dependent on atmospherics.

    Most peoples TV's are.

    But on Friday night, after torrential rain the picture was pants. We lost loads of channels, and it was time to look (again) at the Coax plugs.

    As I did so this time, I thought it a tad wierd that my hand felt.....moist

    I immediately traced the wire to the hols in the wall to see where the water was entering, around the silicon sealant.

    Dry. Sahara dry. Bone dry.

    So I picked up my signal booster, to remove it and see if it was making a bad picture worse. Sometimes boosters help, sometimes they hinder.

    THIS BOOSTER saved our set top box from death.

    Why? Cos it was FULL OF WATER.

    In fact as I removed the plug from the booster, I got wet. As I picked up the booster, and rapidly unplugged it, my socks got a drenching!

    The rain water was coming DOWN THE CORE OF THE COAX!!

    The centre solid copper core cable is surrounder by a "pocket" efect of hollow plastic shielding, with the thin wire mest around that.

    Rain water must be getting into the TOP of the coax, on the roof, and running down into my own personal telly water feature

    Proud? You bet. Imagine if the signal was good enough to not need a booster AND I didn't have a set top box. Or video.

    Straight into my telly!!

    Now this house is rented, so its not my problem AND the chance of getting someone to climb the roof, and seal the aerial is zero.

    But has ANYONE ever heard of that before. Coax aerial carrying water, straight to your living room and into your equipment?

    It's a usefull warning though. Anyone EVER installs a telly aerial externally, MAKE sure you bend the wires to come in from ABOVE the connectors, so water has to travel UPWARD into it.

    I dont know what the one up on my roof looks like...didnt install it....aint climbing up to see.

    But I am now using an extension lead to the aieral, that I dont need, JUST to stop the flow!!

    and a lot of kitchen roll under it!

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    LOL I've never heard of anything like that although I dont see why it isn't possible.

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    But has ANYONE ever heard of that before. Coax aerial carrying water, straight to your living room and into your equipment?
    Yeah in a holiday home in scotland a few years back. It made the picture quality much much better but once the sparks started and we realised that water was in the tv we decided to stop watching

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    Mental, never heard of that before.

    But even more mental - i just noticed you post count Zac. 12,299+ WTF?!?!? do you actually have a life other than these forums?! Thats the biggest post count i have ever seen in all my years of forums usage. Is it for real?

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    yes..its real dude.....and I am busier now than before in my "other" life.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
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