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The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get


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#381 OFFLINE   prestone683

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:39 PM

Holy ****!

With meters now being read remotely, I bet the power company doesn't even know of this.


Our municipality (we're a co-op here), doesn't read remotely. But homeowner owns the pan. Wire up is their domain.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 04:02 PM

All I can think of saying is "shocking!!".


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

That installer was either totally clueless or had some serious balls to drive into that can like that!
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:19 PM

That installer was either totally clueless or had some serious balls to drive into that can like that!


I personally think he was clueless. It chould have killed him, all it takes is 1-1.5 amps across your heart and your toasted...

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#385 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 06:32 AM

I personally think he was clueless. It chould have killed him, all it takes is 1-1.5 amps across your heart and your toasted...


We were taught that 100 milliamps was enough to do the trick, either way he was covered. :)

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

What about the inside of that box. When you drill bits of metal fall down into it due to gravity.

Ouch.

Clueless installer

DirecTV or Dishnetwork? Either my eyes are not good enough or not enough detail. Either way if that install starts a fire, the liability to the installer's company. Probably it was a quick install though.

I always wondered do installers have some way to know there are no wires where they are drilling through the wall? Or is it a case where you see sparks and feel that tingle you quick grab the silicone?
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:01 PM

What about the inside of that box. When you drill bits of metal fall down into it due to gravity.

Ouch.

Clueless installer

DirecTV or Dishnetwork? Either my eyes are not good enough or not enough detail. Either way if that install starts a fire, the liability to the installer's company. Probably it was a quick install though.

I always wondered do installers have some way to know there are no wires where they are drilling through the wall? Or is it a case where you see sparks and feel that tingle you quick grab the silicone?


A little common sense goes a long way with this. Oh, and a voltage pen ;)
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 06:24 PM

Dish (but I dunno the installer, there are tons of contractors around)

I always wondered do installers have some way to know there are no wires where they are drilling through the wall? Or is it a case where you see sparks and feel that tingle you quick grab the silicone?


The simplest answer is for ANY trade, that when you are drilling, you look for obvious things in your path.

Is there outlets in the same plane, running perfectly inline with where you want to drill? Or a switch inline vertically where you plan to drill? THEN DON'T. Penetrations should be looked for, but again, you just never know.

My first and only encounter was with a central vac pipe. Did my obvious look. Nothing. Started drilling and hit it. It turns out, it ran up where I drilled, and then ran across and out 2 foot over. You just never know.

Finally. It's all about common sense. When you drill, as SOON AS the drill pokes through, STOP DRILLING, continue to PUSH the drill through, until it settles on the back material, and start drilling again. What you ideally do is, (when drilling out, in order of occurrence) Sheet good (drywall, paneling), STOP, poke through insulation, then outside sheet good and finally siding.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for the info.

I always wondered.
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#390 OFFLINE   prestone683

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 01:17 PM

Welcome. Now go make us proud and go drill. Just not into the service entrance. I've seen that before too.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:59 PM

Not a dish install, but truly unique mounting of a flat screen - this in a restaurant I visited recently.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 10:14 PM

Not a dish install, but truly unique mounting of a flat screen - this in a restaurant I visited recently.


Ah, I recognize that from the chic "Meh, it'll do" collection at fine retailers :grin:
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 10:50 PM

Not a dish install, but truly unique mounting of a flat screen - this in a restaurant I visited recently.

Makes wonder about their food prep.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:29 AM

I'm adding that 'accident waiting to happen' to my "There. I fixed it!" collection. :rolleyes:

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:46 AM

Not a dish install, but truly unique mounting of a flat screen - this in a restaurant I visited recently.


Yikes! No duct tape? What were they thinking?

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:06 PM

Not a dish install, but truly unique mounting of a flat screen - this in a restaurant I visited recently.


Earthquake proof no doubt :sure: Oh wait not earthquake proof, No Bungee cords or Duct tape.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:47 PM

Got a good one today :)

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:50 PM

I take it someone used Miracle Growth on those trees afte the dish installs.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:07 PM

I take it someone used Miracle Growth on those trees afte the dish installs.


Nope. That was installed like that. Some people will do anything to get a job in.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:09 PM

Mind you, this technician, drove self tappers, into a POWERED meter pan.

So I guess no ground clamps, split bolts required. huh?




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Going back to this one I had one further thought. I sure hope that box is secured enough to take the wind load on the dish or when it tears off the wall and sparks fly and volts go everywhere. Looking at the second picture it doesn't look that secure. Lots of fire hazard potential there.
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