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Found in a Parking Lot #120995
06/03/05 11:54 PM
06/03/05 11:54 PM
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Please see attached photo. Found in a shopping mall parking lot.

-Kurt Raschke
[Linked Image]

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Re: Found in a Parking Lot #120996
06/04/05 03:32 AM
06/04/05 03:32 AM
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
Crikey Kurt!.
That's not good at all, given the area that this area is often full of people.
And given the distance from the ground, means that any un-supervised child could "have a play" with the exposed wiring. [Linked Image]
I thought that these sorts of things were required to have a security screw arrangement on them?.
Or is a case of a slack workman leaving the cover off of it after repairs?.
I hope that this was immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.

Re: Found in a Parking Lot #120997
06/04/05 08:29 AM
06/04/05 08:29 AM
The_Judge  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 23
I thought he was pointing out the jerk who parked over the line. [Linked Image]

But the exposed connections are bad too. [Linked Image]

Re: Found in a Parking Lot #120998
06/04/05 09:34 AM
06/04/05 09:34 AM
makokiller  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 51
millport, ny 14864
hey kurt, did you push the wires into the light, after the you took the pic....

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Re: Found in a Parking Lot #120999
06/04/05 11:28 AM
06/04/05 11:28 AM
KurtR  Offline
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Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 2
No, I didn't push the wires back in, but not because it shouldn't have been done. First, I was just shopping there--I didn't exactly have jurisdiction to start tampering with their electrical system. Second, I would rather not be pushing (probably live) connections around without appropriate PPE, which I did not have at the time.

I am going to make sure to report it to the mall management, though.


Re: Found in a Parking Lot #121000
06/06/05 07:32 AM
06/06/05 07:32 AM
RSmike  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 134
Holland, MI USA
The average joe on the street doesn't realize that 277v is the norm for a lot of parking lot lighting. It'll kill you quick. That's reeeally dangerous.

I'm wondering too if this is just something that was forgotten during the final stages of the electrical work. Is this a fairly new parking lot? The wires look 'new' and lack that overbaked 'I've been in the sun too long' effect.

I know people are curious but not curious enough to reach into a light pole and pull out a pile of wires. Teenagers are usually up to more interesting forms of destruction.


Re: Found in a Parking Lot #121001
06/06/05 05:47 PM
06/06/05 05:47 PM
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,263
Fullerton, CA USA
Just my guess, but this looks like it was pulled out intentionally, possibly for troubleshooting purposes.

It's a rarity to find individual photocells on poles any more, and almost unheard of in a mall. The conductors were likely not energized when this picture was taken, but would be energized at night when the lights were turned on.

Re: Found in a Parking Lot #121002
06/07/05 08:14 AM
06/07/05 08:14 AM
Ryan_J  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 1,374
West Jordan, Utah, USA
Crikey Kurt!.

Mike, you took the words right our of my mouth!

Well...actually I was going to say Blimey!, but I guess Crikey works too [Linked Image]

Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: Found in a Parking Lot #121003
06/07/05 09:17 AM
06/07/05 09:17 AM
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
Crikey- a euphemism for 'Christ keep me'.
Blimey- a euphamism for 'God blind me'.
( The full expression being 'Gor Blimey'.)
Both used originally by the God fearing to avoid directly taking the Lord's name in vain, but without uttering actual expletives.

You could also try-
Gordon Bennett!
Flipping heck!
Blooming Ada, or my favourite,
Well! I'll go to the foot of our stairs!


Wood work but can't!
Re: Found in a Parking Lot #121004
06/07/05 02:24 PM
06/07/05 02:24 PM
gideonr  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 161
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Flipping heck!


Hmmmmm, getting a bit close here!

(Apologies to Father Ted)


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