Bad acuator

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Techfizzle

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my acuator was working fine untill now. It will move a little bit east, give me a no return pulse message then i conly only move it a little bit west, whats wrong?
 
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What type cable are you running and how far?
 
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75 feet of cat5e for ground and pulse and 18 guage for the motor
it moves a little bit west,(an inch) then gives me the N-R-P message, then i move it a little west and it does that, but thats normal ,isnce i am at the end of travel. But whats not normal is that i can only move it an inch out, so im going to ivenstigate this.
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Cat5 mat be a little light. I use "Sprinkler" control or Thermostat wire, available at your local "Home Improvement" store.
Did you open the Motor Cover to see if the Reed Sensor or Magnet were loose?
 
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My opinion is that you need to buy the right type cable, Cat5 was not designed for this function and you'll probably only have intermittent problems. You had a previous thread on using Cat5 and a problem with the actuator, you really need to buy a new actuator and get the correct cable because otherwise this will be an ongoing problem. The BUDs at times can be a real pain in the backside and you don't need to create extra problems especially with questionable components. Unless you enjoy the extra work troubleshooting.
 
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im going to try and run a spare 18" acuator on it, toodles
 
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cable

i bought some cheap speaker wire to run the polorizer and motor. I want to get some good burial stuff. You can get satellite ribbon cable, but it comes with 2 rg-6 cables, i already have rg-6 out there. So where can you buy satellite ribbon cable without the lnb cables?
 
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