Oh my... My son-in-law works for Direct TV. He's one of those guys that goes to your house and sets you up. Unfortunately for us, he lives in Iowa and we live in Indiana. BUT, back to your subject ...
Little unknown fact about Direct TV. Those service technicions keep a warehouse of supplies readily available. My son-in-law lives over an hour away from the main office, so he picks up his weekly supply of "stuff" and brings it home. His basement looks like a Direct TV warehouse!
Now ... about all that stuff they REMOVE from someone's house ... you got it! They keep it and if they fail to take it back with them and toss it in the dumpster at the company office once a week, guess where all those old parts are kept? Right! The basement of their house! ... well ... all except the actual "dish" and he has about 15 of them piled up behind his house in the yard!
So, I got this brilliant idea! Considering they are destined for the dumpster eventually, and apparently, those old dishes, there's no accountability, I asked him if I could have some of them. So, the back of the car (we took the car on this trip, no trailer since we stayed in their house and drove straight through), so the back of the car was loaded down with Direct TV dishes! I'm going use them for 2 things. A little paint, a little hardware, put in the correct arrangement, and I have a waterfall fountain pouring from one dish to another AND a bird-bath!
So, next time you see one of those guys drivng a truck for Direct TV, just ask him if he's got any old ones laying around. I bet he does and will be more than glad to give you one, or a dozen ... just so he won't have to discard it himself!
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