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How much power really needs to be disconnected?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Wolfmanjohn, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

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    Greetings, all,

    I have a SWM16 with the PI connected to its' power in port, the Genie on SWM1 out, and 3 HR2x on SWM2 out. I need to replace the barrel connector in the line at the Genie wallplate (upgrade to blue center type). While I understand I should depower the Genie before doing this, is it necessary to depower the PI/SWM? Doing so means a trip to the attic, which I'd like to avoid, but will do if needed to keep from potentially damaging that or other equipment.

    Thanks in advance for any and all advice and suggestions; they are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    I may not be the one to ask, as I have been known to work on "hot lines", but with the PI running to the PWR port, I wouldn't power anything down to change out an RF connector.
     
  3. samrs

    samrs MANC DBSTalk Club

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    I never power anything down but I do have all the replacement parts on my truck.

    Except for one time. I had to drive a long way to get that power supply.
     
  4. gov

    gov Legend

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    Well,

    some of us have had to reset a PI a few times (by unplugging and plugging back in), and it apparently would not hurt the PI at all and 'might' help it if it was powered down. If the attic AC outlet was on a known breaker or fuse, and was not in common with the one to the Genie and was easier than a trip to the attic that might be a way to consider doing it.

    Just as a general thing as a homeowner, I try to check both of my attic areas a couple times a year whether I need to go up there for anything else or not. I check for water leaks, vermin and to just remind myself what I have stored up there.

    FWIW . . .
     
  5. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

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    <p>Thanks all for your replies.&nbsp; VOS, I too am a &quot;hot line&quot; worker if I think I can get away with it (was in BART maintenance and engineering for 27 years before retiring).&nbsp; Especially after I quit drinking several years ago, and now have a much steadier hand.&nbsp; Less fear, too.</p>
     
  6. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    These PI have short circuit protection for those installers that like to change the fittings with the PI plug in…
     
  7. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

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    Good to know. Didn't see any sparks yesterday and all seems to be working fine, so I guess I didn't tank anything.
     

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