How to Install a Roof TV Antenna
By Laurie Brown
Antennas operate at their best when they are positioned as high as possible and free from any obstructions so they have a clear line of sight to broadcast towers. Mounting your antenna on the roof is a great alternative for signal reception, rather than mounting it in an attic. Using a tripod mount will allow you to secure the antenna safely to the roof and get it above any potential interference from obstacles that may block the signals.
Locate an area on the roof top that is clear from any power lines or obstructions that would interfere with the antenna's function.
Open the tripod so each of the legs is fully extended. Position the tripod over crown of the rooftop. Use the stud finder to pinpoint the center of a rafter where you'll attach each leg of the tripod, and mark each location with the chalk. Once the rafters are located, position the tripod so each of the three feet is centered on each mark.
Insert the antenna mast down into the center clamp on the tripod and use the pliers to tighten down the nuts on the clamp. Use the level to make sure the mast is perfectly straight in its vertical position. Position the tripod as needed until the mast is straight, and recheck the location of the feet to ensure they are over the center of a rafter, using the stud detector.
Drill a 1/2 inch pilot hole into the rafters using the pre-drilled holes in the feet of the tripod as a template.
Slide the foam seals underneath each of the tripod's feet and tighten down the tripod to the roof and rafters, using the screwdriver and screws from the kit.
Attach the antenna to the mast using the clamps in the kit and tighten them down with the screwdriver and pliers. Point the antenna in the direction of the broadcast towers as you clamp the antenna in its location.
Attach the coaxial cable from the TV to the antenna's coaxial connector.
- It may be helpful to use a safety belt to stabilize yourself on the rooftop.
- Avoid mounting this or any roof mounted antenna next to any power lines, as contact with them could result in shock or electrocution.
Laurie Brown has worked as a high school English teacher for the last several years and loves writing. She enjoys helping her students develop a love and appreciation for writing, reading, and literature. Laurie has a degree in education with a major in English. Currently she is a writer for eHow.