Any horror stories when it comes to cutting install corners? Here is mine!

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    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

    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 beware!

    Anyone else have similar horror install stories?

  2. Brad E

    Brad E Second Unit

    Jan 11, 2004
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    This is one reason why, whenever possible, I do all work myself.
    I would sue that guy.
  3. Adam Gregorich


    Nov 20, 1999
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    You get what you pay for. I don't know how many times I have had to re-learn this lesson. I have found a really good installer that I pay $35.00 and hour to help me out with home theater projects that involve attics, crawlspaces and drilling holes. Best $$ I have ever spent.
  4. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

    Mar 8, 2000
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    In your defense, Ron... (and no offense meant to Dish installers out there) the actual process of physically installing a dish isn't much more complex than hanging a basketball hoop.

    I think most homeowners would rightly assume that someone who does it for a living would be able to do it correctly. Leaving holes in your roof sounds like this guy is a flake and forgot to fill them, or was too lazy to do things properly. Either way, he should be responsible for any damage.
  5. Orlando

    Orlando Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 1, 2000
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    Sorry to hear Ron. I truly feel your pain and water damage is the worst and make sure you fix it right. Cause putting something on it then paint will cause it to look terrible. I had a problem with a leaky water pipe in my ceiling and the stains are still haunting me years later.
  6. Jonny_L

    Jonny_L Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 6, 2004
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    IT probably won't make you feel better Ron, but those satellite cards he ripped you off for are hardly worth anything now. [​IMG]

    Disenfranchaised Canadians who hate Canadian TV buy them to watch US dish systems like Directv, usually through hacking. Since last year Directv changed their system and so far no hack is known available so no ones buying the stuff. [​IMG]

    I agree with Brad though, you should sue him.

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