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#113274 - 04/08/02 08:59 PM Temporary Holiday Display
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Thanks to Dave K. for the Following Photos taken of a Holiday Lighting Display;

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#113275 - 04/09/02 08:58 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
John Steinke Offline

Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 509
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
I just spoke to my friends Bill and Al. Bill is quite proud to have such fine work done in a town named after him, and Al points out that "there is no controlling legal authority."

#113276 - 07/17/02 06:43 AM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
AlphaOperator Offline

Registered: 07/02/02
Posts: 25
Loc: Erie, PA, USA
Wow. The scary thing is that there are probably dozens, if not hundreds, of large holiday lighting schemes that may also be set up like this.

It's really shocking (pardon the pun) that people still don't understand that 110 is dangerous, be it a shock hazard or fire hazard, or both.

Heh, wow, ten plugs into an extension cord... at my house 3 is a max... I think the lights say you can only plug X number together safely...

#113277 - 07/17/02 03:03 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
Gwz Offline

Registered: 04/29/02
Posts: 199
Maybe the ambient temperature helps.

Has anyone ever read 527.2(A) or 305-2(a) ?


#113278 - 07/17/02 03:46 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
OK, so much for the OSHA prohibition of using NM cable as an extension-cord substitute. And forget not using live vegetation to support wiring.

They used to say that rainwater was less conductive than tap water for its 'purity.' Would that extend to muddy snow?

Maybe mass-ganged cord caps with snow derating are really safer than a stack of those 'extry outlet' air fresheners.

UL has a fairly good presence in a lot of countries that make 'export' electrical goods. I wonder if they ever anticipated this mode of operation?

[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 07-17-2002).]

#113279 - 07/18/02 05:34 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
If there was ever a installation that deserved an "award"!
Went to the linked site......
Nice to see that there are some bubble covers
Also, in the pic with the 4x4, are those light strings across the road???
As I don't see any controls, I guess some brave guy turns it on at the panels?


#113280 - 07/18/02 06:08 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
arseegee Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
I have seen an exact replica of this back in '98. It was at the local tech college I was attending to learn... you guessed it... the NEC. We would chuckle every time we walked outside for a break.

#113281 - 08/30/02 11:09 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Who the hell done this work?,
They need to be taken to task for the
lack of mechanical protection.
What sort of wire is used there?, it looks
like single core TPS, with all them
wires, I may be wrong.
But, just because it is a temporary
installation, doesn't mean it should be done
slack, like this one.
The use of multiple power connectors,
worries me,especially used outside.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#113282 - 08/31/02 03:37 PM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
You guys keep your cameras out of my yard!

#113283 - 09/01/02 07:55 AM Re: Temporary Holiday Display
circuit man Offline

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
scott, couldn't be your yard?could it.

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