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ARIAL DRIP FED WATER TO MY TV

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Need to get ariel man in.......

Let me explain. Have old TV in lounge with HDrive recorder & freeview. Happy with the set up, although we do get odd days where on many channels the picture keeps breaking up.

Upstairs in our bedroom, old portable suddenly stopped working, all fuzzed out. When we moved it, seemed wet round the arial socket on TV. Ariel and ariel socket on TV was all corroded. Seems that water has been getting in down the ariel (just like an intravenous feed!!)

Been in this house 20 yrs, never had ariels looked at. Immagine we need new ariels etc.

Anyone know what I should expect to pay to get this sorted?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
i had one replaced last year £75
including the price of the ariel looked up the ariel i think it was about half the price of the instalation
#2
Did that include all new wiring with an ariel?
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iglimpse;1924124
Did that include all new wiring with an ariel?

yes the whole lot
#4
Sounds v. reasonable. Was that a local company or large national
#5
All suggestions welcome...don't be shy
#6
Get Sky?
#7
Don't want to pay a monthly fee

? no ariel needed for sky, or just a huge dish instead?

Happy with the set up I have, even though it is antique

will need to get a new TV for bedroom, small LCD maybe, once the ariel is sorted
#8
Well....strictly speaking you don't have to pay a monthly fee - you can choose to be a non-subscriber and pay £120 up front!! but then it's not as cheap as getting a new aerial fitted!
Depending on how strong the TV signal is in your area, you could opt to install a loft aerial yourself, would be cheaper than paying someone else to fit a roof aerial!
#9
tv signal is good I think. Just need new ariel I think.

Loft....no go area. We don't have a cluttered house, just a cluttered loft!

Thanks for the info, way behind on all this stuff.

Still cannot get over the fact that water can drip into TV like that...with no sign of water leakage. Water runs throught the middle of the wire...you really live and learn
banned#10
It will depend on how big your house is, how far the cable has to run etc.
Was around £100 here for ariel and cabling, victorian terraced house, so quite high and large rooms, takes more cable and time than say a 2 bed council house.
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When having aerial/sky cabling running down the outside of the house, there should always be a 'drip loop' in the cable before it enters the house i.e The cable running down the wall should run past the entry hole, loop and then run up and in through the hole into your house. This goes someway to stopping water from running down the outside of the cable an in through the wall, however in your case it sounds as though the cable casing on the actual aerial may have become compromised resulting in it collecting rain water and 'funnelling' it down the inside of the wire and into the back of the TV!!
Depending on how high your aerial mast is, and how you feel about heights, fitting an aerial is really quite simple, espescially if you're just replacing an existing one - the mounting and pole will already be in place, it's just a case of unbolting the old 'spikey bit' and wiring up a new spikey bit and bolting it to the pole! - Like I say though, depends how you are with heights - for me it's a definate no-no!!!
#12
Cheers. yes that is what happened, it was running into the TV. If it had happened on 1/4/08 I really would have thought one of my sons had set me up....or Beadle was about

I was just stood there, cable in one hand...watching water droplets appearing and yet the cable was dry. Cabling is at least 25yrs old I reckon. No chance of heights with me either. But at least I know what's involved now and they can't try to flannel me and flog me stuff I don't need.
#13
Try not to get conned into being recommended a 'Digital Aerial' either - there is very little difference if any at all in a normal aerial and one specifically sold as a digital one! The aerial on the top of our house looks really old - certainly isn't a 'digital' one and our freeview reception is fab!
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Get several quotes from local tradesmen from phonebook or local paper. Soon obvious if someone is trying to rip you off.
#15
jayhab;1924684
Try not to get conned into being recommended a 'Digital Aerial' either - there is very little difference if any at all in a normal aerial and one specifically sold as a digital one! The aerial on the top of our house looks really old - certainly isn't a 'digital' one and our freeview reception is fab!


You read my mind, a few people have mentioned digital ariels. Doubt they would trry and flog me one of those, they just need to see my ancient TV....lost cause!
#16
Lol when I saw the title of this thread I thought you meant Ariel (as in the washing powder/liquid) dripped into your TV. Anyone else think that...maybe just me...

AERIAL!!! :p
#17
melu;1924804
Lol when I saw the title of this thread I thought you meant Ariel (as in the washing powder/liquid) dripped into your TV. Anyone else think that...maybe just me...AERIAL!!! :p

OMG is that how you spell it? :thinking:

Until I knew it was possible to drip feed a TV with rainwater, seem more believable that soap liquid could get in there as well.

I have never even used Ariel products....will correct it now
#18
I thought you must have been using Ariel washing liquid to clean out some of the filth they broadcast on the box :giggle:
#19
....I could become the next Mary Whitehouse! (for those of you too young to remember her, google it)

Appreciate all your help guys....but am I the only one this has ever happened to, is it so freakishly unusual for this to happen.

Frightening thought is, we were bad at leaving TV on standby when going out etc. Problably lucky a fire did not start in the TV.
#20
Cheers for all the help. Sorted. £60. I talked his language! Said they use foam cables now, keep rain out for longer.....now anyone know any deals on TV for bedroom....!
#21
Glad you got it sorted. :-)

Foam cables eh? i've never heard of that - best do some research!!!

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