While I was working on a resturaunt, the customer decided to save a few bucks by doing his own neon sign. Please note the lack of stand-offs on this metal front....and the lack of any bushing where the 15KV wire pokes through.
In all fairness, the food is quite decent; the place is kept clean; the atmosphere is pleasant, and there is considerable variety to the buffet menu.
These folks know how to run a restaraunt. They know how to cook. They just don't know beans about electric work- yet, like do many others, they have an attitude of :how hard can it be to attach two wires?"
Indeed, that was exactly the argument they had, as they tried (unsuccessfully) to make the neon light up. :-)
Reno: Did anything else light up here at this job? We have a mexican restaurant here that, until lately, sported lots of neon tubing, complete with nails to hold the tubes in place - No insulators, no standoffs, wiring ranging from what appeared to be automotive ignition wire to zip cord, and transformers attached to the roof and siding with more nails . Fortunately, a patron noticed one of the eaves of the building on fire one night, and told the owner, who called 911. Minor damage done, and in a week's time every bit of neon was gone.
I have a 'sign pro' running around doing the same quality work. Came out of a channel letter UL sign, no bushings, etc, to about 10' of skelton neon. Left the Thai rest. with a notice and a promise of $500 fine if not corrected.
We had a local rest. in Union County supposedly burn to the slab from a 'neon' sourced fire.
Another good one is the 'open box, add water, and have neon outline lighting instant package deal'. Seems the weekend and/or 'after 4:00PM' installs are increasing again. (Inspectors 7:30-4:00) Get caught, no permit....$500; unsafe...$500 No Lic. (State...$$$$$$)