Thanks a lot for the advice guys!!! I really appreciate it.
Here is my feedback (no pun intended
- Yes, the higher-numbered (i.e. cable such as Comedy Central, which is one of the worst) channels are affected by the issues, although also some lower ones (i.e. some of the VHF 2 - 13 channels) are affected
- Some lower channels do show lines (not really rolling, but almost like a flickering effect and relatively minor snowiness).
Some of the higher (cable) channels come in very well.
Here is some more info (and here are some more questions):
- The attic splitter is feeding two lines, but since I found it to be disconnected, I can get rid of this splitter and just use a coupler connected to the cable droping down into the living room instead (i.e. I didn't miss whatever the other cable coming from the attic splitter was connected to in the house; probably the second family room cable jack, which I don't need or use.
(Note: I originally didn't realize that the cable going to the attic wasn't being fed (i.e. was disconnected); the cable guy tested the TV in the living room on the day I moved and everything seemed / was fine.
I think he only checked a few channels, all of which must have been VHF OTA (2 - 13).
Therefore, when I noticed poor reception (I once again initially checked channels 2,4 7 etc; not even thinking that it might be getting signal OTA)
last weekend, I thought it might be the cable end.
I stripped it and attached the end etc.
I then realized this weekend (after noticing I wasn't getting anything above 13 (other than UHF channels) that something was wrong, went into the attic and saw that the cable wasn't connected.
The strangest thing of all (unless I am going crazy) is that the piece of cable that was cut in the attic was tied to the IN terminal of the 2-out/1-in splitter); therefore when I connected (via a coaxial cable extension) the cable hanging from the attic into the bedroom to the bedroom splitter coming from the garage, I was suprised to see that the TV in the living room started to work with respect to reception of cable channels, even though the wire in the bedroom was connected to the OUT terminal, not the IN terminal of the splitter AND the living room cable was connected to the other OUT terminal of the SAME splitter!!!!!!!
I will take the end (in the attic) of the cable coming form the bedroom (source / in) and connect it to the IN terminal of the splitter (disconnecting the piece of cable that has been cut and is currently attached to that IN terminal); leaving the cable that runs from attic into living room attached to the OUT terminal.
But if BOTH the source and destination are connected to the OUTputs, something seems very wrong - i.e. I should be getting any cable in living room with the way it is connected???
Sorry for the lengthy post; hopefully it makes sense.
Feel free to ask more questions.
I am still puzzled by the "two cables BOTH being connected to the OUT" on the attic splitter.
If that is the case, simply using a coupler, or connecting the one coming from the bedroom to the IN terminal may solve everything.
If not, I could swap out the attic cable (coming from the bedroom) with a new one and hope that was the problem since, as I stated, the one going from the attic down into the living room is impossible to replace without professional assistance; not even sure how cable guy would go about that one).
I stripped the wire (outer jacker and inner insulation) and attached a new cable end (inside the wall plate) myself (as mentioned earlier in my post) - speaking of the cable end inside the wall plate coming down from the attic, in the living room.
Maybe that wasn't done well enough; I did it as well as I could though.
If only I could ALSO easily replace that one (i.e. not buried behind wall - I know I could pull it up, but if I drop a replacement cable down from the attic, I don't know how I would get it to end up exactly in the right spot without being blocked by beams or other wall hardware, insulation etc. etc. etc).
I know I would be able to solve my problem by replacing that living room cable (behind wall coming down from the attic and/or the attic one coming from the bedroom).