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Although the image quality is poor you should be able to see that the arms of the wall brackets have been extended to an almost unfeasible reach by means of Dexion or some similar product. The leverage exerted by the wind on this arrangement must be enormous and the installation will surely have a short life. Let’s hope that the collateral damage isn’t too great when the inevitable happens. That’s a nice big window isn’t it?
The mast looks as if it will be tapping on the gutter when the wind blows.

I’m guessing that the TV system was included in the electricians’ work when the place was built, and they allowed a nominal sum for it without making a proper assessment of what would be needed. Then, when they saw the roof overhang, they decided to improvise on a minimal-cost basis.

So what should they have done?

One option would have been to get a proper wallbracket set made to order. Another would be to explore other fixing options. Ideally the aerial should have been up on top of the roof. This would look much better because the aerial would only need to be on a short mast and could be a long way from the edge of the roof.  In a new-build project it’s often possible to make the client and architect understand the situation, and sometimes an upstand can be fixed through the roof and flashed in as part of the main contractor’s work. It’s certainly worth asking before embarking on an ugly wall mounted job. An example of this type of fixing can be seen here.

If the client isn’t keen on having a mast fitted through the roof, there is an alternative, as shown here.

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