How to Disconnect a Satellite Dish From a House

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

Satellite television programming is a popular alternative to cable broadcasts. DirecTV and Dish Network provide millions of customers with satellite service all around the country. Unlike cable television, you can take your satellite service with you no matter where you go–temporarily or permanently. You will need to take all of your equipment with you, which includes both the satellite dish and satellite receiver. It only takes a few moments and tools to remove a satellite dish from a house.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with necessary bits (optional)
  • Wire cutters (optional)

Step 1

Locate your satellite dish. Check to see what tools you need to disconnect it from your house. It will depend on how your dish was connected and what parts of it you need as to what is specifically needed to remove it, but it should be either screws (screwdriver) or bolts (adjustable wrench).

Step 2

Follow the cable connected to the satellite dish. Look for a “ground block” or small metal component connected to the cable with another cable connected to it that goes into your house. This is typically within a few feet of the satellite dish.

Step 3

Unscrew the cable coming off your dish that is connected to the ground block. You may have more than one cable depending on your specific satellite setup. Disconnect each cable that is connected to the dish.

Step 4

Use your tools to disconnect the satellite dish from its mount. If you have trouble loosening the bolts/screws, you may use a drill with the needed bits. Be careful not to strip the heads of any screws/bolts used.

Step 5

Take any parts of the satellite mount holding the dish that you will need in the new location. You can remove the entire satellite mount or just take the dish off the mount, whichever is needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use wire cutters to cut the cable about four feet away from the dish if there is no ground block on your satellite setup. This should not be the case in a professional installation, but it is possible. Once you do this, you will have to attach a connector to the end of the cut cable to reconnect it, but this way you will be able to add a ground block to the cable line when you install it again.
  • Remember to use sealant on any holes left from removing the satellite mount from your house. This is very important, especially when the mount is taken off the roof of the house. If you do not seal the holes, water can cause damage to the house.