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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #15 on: May 01, 2010, 06:01:01 PM » Author: nogden
Now if only those lamps were lit!
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #16 on: May 01, 2010, 10:08:48 PM » Author: tmcdllr
I wonder how much mercury could have gotten into that idiot's system.
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #17 on: May 01, 2010, 11:43:54 PM » Author: RCM442
Now if only those lamps were lit!

Now THAT would be funny!
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #18 on: May 02, 2010, 10:47:29 AM » Author: xmaslightguy
I wouldn't want to be the one who had to clean up the mess after that motorcycle drive-thru :shock:
what a waste of bulbs LOL

Some stuff i've seen over the years:
* at someone's house there was an extension cord plugged into an outlet...it then disappeared into the wall! (have no idea where it went after that)
* once saw a streetlight connected up with wire-nuts hanging out exposed to the weather.
* in a college building, they were installing a new suspended ceiling with your standard instant start 3-lamp troffers. before closing it up they removed the bulbs from the still on old electro-magnetic ballast fixtures above. They then installed ceiling panels leaving the bulb-less old fixtures in place. (i actually watched this being done, thinking what the f--- are they really gonna leave it like that)
* in a neighbor's garage one of the previous owners had added a couple outlets, they just spliced into an existing circuit...the splice was just put together with wire-nuts and hanging open like that on the wall. the 'new' owners decided to insulate & drywall their garage...they just left that crap as is in the wall :shock:

Not dangerous...but they looked bad:
* In a old grocery store they had removed all the diffusers from their ceiling troffers. multiple had non-working bulbs. (i've seen this type of thing in other stores too)
* Another grocery store, at some point they'd upgraded their 2-lamp T12 fixtures to T8 (with proper ballasts). Some time in the years after that they'd went through and removed one bulb from every fixture. (maybe they were saving power?? or bulb replacement costs?? who knows but it made the whole store seem dim)
* Just recently in a thrift store...they had 8foot T8 fixtures, a random 50/50 mix of warm and cool white lamps.
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #19 on: May 02, 2010, 03:36:10 PM » Author: DieselNut
WOW!  Yall have come across some real winners!  The motorcycle dude is plain F*ing STUPID!

I don't know if any of yall have ever been to Mexico, but years ago, when I was in my mid teens, we took a family vacation to Cancun.  They must not have any wiring codes and certainly no inspections!  Everything was put together with ONLY electrical tape.  No heat shrink, no wire nuts or splices... In the hotel, which was a NICE place, they had the "PL" type lights in the bathroom over the sink.  The ballast was screwed to a board, much like a cornice, then the wires were run over to the lamp socket which was also screwed to the board.  The power wires were electrical taped together and the Romex looking wire with no ground was just sticking out through a hole in the drywall. Of course none of this was "visible"  unless you intentionally were looking for it, which I have always done!  All the lights I saw were wired in similar ways.  Traffic signals, street lights and even the disco lights in one of the dance clubs were all wired to the mains with electrical tape.
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #20 on: May 02, 2010, 04:15:34 PM » Author: tmcdllr
Makes you wonder why you dont hear about more structure fires in Mexico.
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #21 on: May 02, 2010, 05:00:20 PM » Author: nogden
Maybe the lamps that the motorcycle guy drove through were Altos. That wouldn't have been quite as bad!

Yes, I know about removing lamps for energy savings. Maintenance crews where I work removed some of the lamps from our new T8 fixtures in a very random way. I wish they would have removed them in some logical pattern. I have to give them credit, though. They didn't touch any magnetically-ballasted T12 light. They don't want to burn up any magnetic ballast. They are my friends!

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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #22 on: May 02, 2010, 06:47:00 PM » Author: joseph_125
Now that motorcycle thing was just crazy, I wonder if he drove through a bunch of 34W Altos or something else.

But I think the guy running through 70 fluorescent lamps and the fluorescent lamp fighting videos are worse than him.

Guy running through fluorescent lamps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tvavXP7jyo

Fluorescent light fighting, this one isn't a video clip but it's still really crazy:

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT WATCH AT OWN RISK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7KAGiVRZYE
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #23 on: May 03, 2010, 09:41:02 AM » Author: DieselNut
Those are beyond crazy!  How about plumb STUPID!?!? and the "neon" light fight: SICK!  Shocked
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #24 on: May 03, 2010, 01:07:49 PM » Author: Xytrell
* at someone's house there was an extension cord plugged into an outlet...it then disappeared into the wall! (have no idea where it went after that)

Was LSD involved? Sad
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #25 on: May 04, 2010, 04:47:15 AM » Author: xmaslightguy
* at someone's house there was an extension cord plugged into an outlet...it then disappeared into the wall! (have no idea where it went after that)

Was LSD involved? Sad

Maybe for the one who installed that arrangement? LOL Smiley made no sense to me why they wouldnt've just run normal romex _before_ drywalling that wall (the cord was done before drywall) :shock:
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #26 on: May 04, 2010, 06:19:54 AM » Author: Xytrell
OH! I misread that. I pictured an extension cord running (like a snake, if you will) into the wall as if you scared it back into it's lair Huh?
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #27 on: May 06, 2010, 06:21:40 AM » Author: TudorWhiz
How about spirals in MH fixtures?   

Sprials in dimmer sockets (only made for incandescent)

I own a power bracket that was in victim of powering a 175 watt MV lamp at 400 watt! (and both still works fine.) the lamp was from 1977 and it was shut off roughly at 1996......so roughly between 10 to 19 years of being OVERPOWERED!
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #28 on: May 06, 2010, 07:01:48 AM » Author: tmcdllr
Wow, I would like to see a video of that.
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Re: Crazy, dangerous or stupid things you have seen done (or done yourself!) « Reply #29 on: May 06, 2010, 06:58:32 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
Quote from: Xytrell
OH! I misread that. I pictured an extension cord running (like a snake, if you will) into the wall as if you scared it back into it's lair Huh?
LOL that would be funny! A living cord Smiley
(cords do look kinda like a snake when you drag them through the lawn Smiley )

It was just one of those standard orange outdoor cords, plugged in, then bent back & entered the wall a few inches above the outlet.

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between 10 to 19 years of being OVERPOWERED!
Amazing bulb that it would last so long being overdriven by that much

Another thing i saw once is someone had finished a couple basement rooms, they used normal romex, but in the outlet boxes they'd cut the ground wire short & thus didn't connect it ... but they used standard 3-prong grounded outlets!
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