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#164043 - 05/23/07 03:55 PM Wiring Practices
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This was found at the time of inspections on some mobilehome pedestals. What it appeared to be was that someone didn't like the street lighting and cut the wires inside of the light pole. Then later someone, possibly the manager's handyman, installed a new lighting fixture on the pole using communication cable. Do you suppose that he thought 24 AWG wire should be as good as 12 AWG if you double it?


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#164044 - 05/23/07 03:58 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Webmaster]
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
What an Idiot, everyone knows you need Cat 5E for HID lights. ;\)
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#164047 - 05/23/07 04:20 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: iwire]
noderaser Offline

Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 405
Loc: Portland, Oregon, United State...
Is that an old satellite dish?

#164050 - 05/23/07 05:40 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: noderaser]
Hemingray Offline

Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 195
Loc: Lehigh Acres, FL
Looks like it!

Also appears to have been painted silver to redirect light. From what I see, It looks like a newer Regent 175W Mercury Vapor head jerryrigged into an old DirecTV dish. I also like how it's tied to the pole with rope! Let the sun get to that for a few months. I sure don't wanna be standing under it when it comes down. \:o

#164052 - 05/23/07 06:56 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Hemingray]
Theelectrikid Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 854
Loc: Levittown, PA
I've said it before, and I'll say it for years to come:

Pat. Het. Ic.

Ian A.
Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

#164053 - 05/23/07 06:59 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Theelectrikid]
jdevlin Offline

Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 402
Loc: welland ontario canada
That is most definitely a satellite dish. You need RG6 for that.

#164055 - 05/23/07 10:19 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: jdevlin]
ComputerWizKid Offline

Registered: 09/20/03
Posts: 116
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Should have used Cat6 for maximum electrical transfer or if he later wanted to put in a Metal Halide Fixture. I'm just kidding what was wrong with the original street light?
Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer

#164065 - 05/24/07 05:52 AM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: ComputerWizKid]
ghost307 Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 883
Loc: Chicago Illinois USA
Is that string UL Listed for support of a luminaire?
I can't see the label from the angle of the photograph.

#164066 - 05/24/07 06:19 AM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: ghost307]
RSmike Offline

Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 130
Loc: Holland, MI USA
Copper is amazing stuff. It must have some built in CYA factor that scientists haven't figured out yet. How this hasn't failed is amazing.

Is anything in the photo listed for use for this application? Once again article 110 takes a beating. If DIYer's would just follow 110 they'd win half the battle.


#164080 - 05/24/07 12:15 PM Re: Wiring Practices [Re: RSmike]
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA's had to even imagine the thought process that went into creating this abortion.

A brand new mercury vapor "barn light" is only $24 at HD/Lowes etc. And it even comes with a nice acrylic lens!

And the cobra head, assuming it's HPS (I can't make out number on the label but it looks orange) is probably twice as bright as that thing.

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