For a quick overview of the Commdeck
installation process, please take a moment
to view our short installation videos.
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Commdeck Installation Video
(Running time: 5 min, 48 sec)
Installing a dish on a Commdeck
(Running time: 1 min, 50 sec)
- Coaxial Cable - Use RG-6 with Solid
Copper Center Conductor
- Ground Wire - #10 Solid Copper
- Typical installation should include
four Coax Cables with one ground wire.
Homerun all of the wires from the
Commdeck to the central power or video
distribution point. Leave 6' of extra
cable at each end.
- Refer to the NEC code for proper
Tech Tip #1: Save Time and
Eliminate a Trip onto the Roof Surface
Use a 1/4" thread or larger toggle wing from
a toggle bolt to install the wire into the
Commdeck base while working from inside the
attic space. In many cases this will
eliminate the need to go onto the roof
surface to pull cable into base unit. The
toggle wing will hold the coax cable and
ground wire in place and ready for the
satellite dish or antenna installer to use.
Toggle wings can be purchased in bulk from
your local hardware supply store.
View complete instructions with pictures
Tech Tip #2: Use Flexible Conduit
When You Prewire to the Commdeck
If you are pre-wiring for a system, you may
want to home run a Smurf Tube (plastic
flexible conduit) from the Commdeck to the
central power location or video distribution
center. This will allow you to install or
change wire as needed for any dish or
antenna equipment you may want to use.
- Use tie wraps to keep your
cable tight to the arm of the satellite.
- Use a hook blade on your
utility knife to make cutting the
- Use a drill bit extension
to reach top screws underneath shingles.
- Use a white marking crayon
for visibility on shingles.
- Use a 5/16” nut driver to
place or remove tek screws in lid.
- Use a #2 Phillips drive bit
when securing base to roof deck.