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Wiring Practices #164043 05/23/07 05:55 PM
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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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Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Admin] #164044 05/23/07 05:58 PM
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iwire Offline
What an Idiot, everyone knows you need Cat 5E for HID lights. wink

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Re: Wiring Practices [Re: iwire] #164047 05/23/07 06:20 PM
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noderaser Offline
Is that an old satellite dish?

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

Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Hemingray] #164052 05/23/07 08:56 PM
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Theelectrikid Offline
I've said it before, and I'll say it for years to come:

Pat. Het. Ic.

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Re: Wiring Practices [Re: Theelectrikid] #164053 05/23/07 08:59 PM
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jdevlin Offline
That is most definitely a satellite dish. You need RG6 for that.

Re: Wiring Practices [Re: jdevlin] #164055 05/24/07 12:19 AM
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ComputerWizKid Offline
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
Re: Wiring Practices [Re: ComputerWizKid] #164065 05/24/07 07:52 AM
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ghost307 Offline
Is that string UL Listed for support of a luminaire?
I can't see the label from the angle of the photograph.

Re: Wiring Practices [Re: ghost307] #164066 05/24/07 08:19 AM
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RSmike Offline
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.


Re: Wiring Practices [Re: RSmike] #164080 05/24/07 02:15 PM
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CTwireman Offline
Member'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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