I always hear of horror stories when people try to cut corners when it comes to buying Home Theater equipment and installing it. Let me add a horror story that happened to me.... I should have known better. Almost two years ago a friend of mine tried talking me into getting into High-Definition. I wasn't very interested at that point of time due to the fact that HD receivers and the installation costs involved were quite expensive. Since I already owned a HD-ready Toshiba television I was halfway there. "I have a friend that will give you a great deal!" I am told. For a mere $800 I would get a dish, HD-receiver and installation included. "Wow! What a great deal," I remarked. Guy comes over with all the equipment. Install was a little shaky for the fact that I had trees in my yard blocking the view, but eventually after several retries the dish was mounted on the chimney and I was able to get a clear signal. Soon after I realized what a "shmuck" this "friend" of a "friend" really was.... First of all, he gave me the receiver without a remote control, promising that he would get it to me. Meanwhile he simply programmed all the codes in my Pronto remote. Next, he took my old satellite receiver (with my permission) and two old program cards, neglecting to tell me that these cards were worth $100 on Ebay (which is why he was so interested in having them). It gets even better.... When I confront the guy that he tried ripping me off and still had not given me the promised remote, he began threatening me, challenging me to a fight. Then the kicker.... Just recently I had a satellite guy out here to put an additional TV connection off of my existing dish. The guy comes off of the roof and asks me who installed the dish? Upon asking why I am told that the last installer (the "friend" of a "friend") drilled 6 holes in my roof, left it as such, without putting sealant in. The satellite guy predicted leaks could occur. The result? Recently I found water splotches on the bedroom ceiling beneath where the dish was installed. The moral of this story? Don't ever fall for a supposed great deal that comes through a "friend" of a "friend". Spend the extra money for a professional install. The scary part is, this guy is still installing equipment in the state of NJ....so beware! Anyone else have similar horror install stories?