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#121425 - 07/15/05 03:24 AM Hardwire Hotel
electure Offline

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Registered: 12/24/00
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Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
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I just stumbled upon this website. First, I must say it looks great. Well done. And I had to post this for you all.

I was staying in a hotel a little while ago, in Tennessee. I had some last minute work to do and had to plug in my laptop. There was not one outlet. So, I figured I could do without one of the side lamps by the bed, but the lamp cords ran behind the headboard ??? .. Well, I knew they just hung on the wall with a cleat, so I lifted it off the darn wall - just to plug in my laptop. Here's what I found:


Paul Howe





And here is a closer look. Yes, masking tape, wire nuts, but HEY .. they were thoughtful enough to separate the conductors that ran OVER the cleat so when they got pinched, they didn't spark too badly.





Thanks all & be safe..


Thank you, Paul, and welcome to ECN!

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#121426 - 07/15/05 05:19 AM Re: Hardwire Hotel
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Welcome aboard -- Excellent choice of name, by the way!

It's good to know that this wonderful piece of electrical workmanship was only inches above your head, isn't it?

Did they reckon that hardwiring would deter people from leaving with the bedside lamps as well as the soap and towels?

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#121427 - 07/15/05 06:36 PM Re: Hardwire Hotel
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Registered: 03/24/01
Posts: 322
Loc: So San Francisco CA
Is there a box missing(using only a plaster ring)in that installation or did they fill the box with fiberglass insulation?

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#121428 - 07/15/05 08:50 PM Re: Hardwire Hotel
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8540
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Wow!,
Someone was in a hurry there.
Nice one Paul- BTW Welcome to the group.
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Excellent choice of name, by the way!

Crikey there's more of them, soon we're going to have more Paul's than Scott's here!.
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Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

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#121429 - 07/16/05 08:57 PM Re: Hardwire Hotel
Lostazhell Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
welcome aboard Paul...

those bed covers look peculiarly familiar to a national chain of motels ive stayed with at times... It must have something to do with "Leaving the light on for ya..."

Randy

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#121430 - 07/18/05 08:52 AM Re: Hardwire Hotel
fletch85712 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/05
Posts: 3
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I suppose there is no reason to not say that this was a Ramada - not a cheap one either. I told the front desk and have written to Ramada twice with no reply.

Yes, there was a 4x4 box in the wall (you can see one screw hole in the top right) but the left side is plastered over and the bottom two are covered by the headboard cleat.

Needless to say, I made sure the smoke alarm worked and slept that night with the headboard off the wall & the bed moved away from the wall.

The wires running over the cleat were bad enough, but the ones pinched between the wall and the cleat (also had a nail right in line with them) worried me more.

Be safe y'all , and thanks again.

Paul

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#121431 - 07/18/05 06:30 PM Re: Hardwire Hotel
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Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
A Ramada, eh? It's not like they're cheap hotels. I wonder who's decision it was to cut corners and how this person decided to cut corners on the electrical work. How freakin' hard would it have been to cut in one old work box and install (1) quad receptacle location? I mean there's really no excuse for this...

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#121432 - 07/19/05 05:05 PM Re: Hardwire Hotel
BigJohn Offline
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Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
My money says this is the work of the maintenance "engineers", and yes, they do call them engineers for some reason only known to god. As a soon-to-be-former maintenance tech. myself, I can say with absolute certainty that most of these folks only know just enough to be dangerous.

-John

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