The Shame Thread: Just how bad can it get

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Mertzen, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. peds48

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    So what is wrong with that picture...
     
  2. Meglos

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    ^^ Shared trap with a disposer isn't such a hot idea.

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    Since we've moved into plumbing, I'll relate a story I already shared a couple of years ago on another forum. Actually, it involves plumbing and electrical work.

    We were having a major landscaping project done in front of the house (pretty much everything ripped out and redone, etc. etc.) In the course of ripping things out, grinding stumps, etc., the stump grinder of course hit the same cable (that had already been hit another time due to it only being buried about 2 inches) yet again. Actually, we eventually found it cut in two places this time!.

    Here's where it crossed the walkway to the front door:

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    Well, since we were still looking for the second cut, we started inspecting where it crossed the sidewalk. Likely, it would be in some kind of conduit, right? Here was the view of things from the other side (BTW, note how the downspout is adapted to some 4-inch PVC pipe—which is reduced to 3-inch PVC pipe under the walkway. That will become significant in a moment. :)):

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    So we started inspecting where the wire crossed under the sidewalk... and (here's the most egregious example of WORKMANSHIT I've come across yet):

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    Other side:

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    That's right: what you're seeing is that some ****** "electrician" had blown a hole into that downspout drain and RUN THIS 120 V CABLE INSIDE THE DRAIN PIPE for a few feet, and then pulled it back out through another hole blasted into the pipe. The holes, of course, were not even drilled, but hammered out or something. And then carefully sealed with some silicone blobs (which had already been removed for these photos), because this guy obviously believed in quality.

    Holy crap.

    And here's where it gets even better: not more than three feet farther along the sidewalk, there are two PE conduits with plenty of spare space for more cables (you can see them in the extreme lower right of the second photo above).
     
  3. inkahauts

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    Its not really the shared trap, that's normal, the issue is if you look closely, the lines run down to the elbows, then they actually traverse uphill slightly to get to the tee, then go over and into the trap. They NEVER drain! So it in effect completely defeats the purpose of ever having a trap, as water and stuff sits there and gunks up and smells. The proper way to install is run the line directly out of the disposal to a tee that then shoots down into the trap so its all downhill and directly into a trap. Not horizontal to get to the trap, and defiantly not uphill.


    As for that electrical wire, thats a down right fire hazard that way!
     
  4. Jun 2, 2014 #484 of 557
    Lightguy84

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    Saw these while working in Virginia
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  5. Jun 2, 2014 #485 of 557
    peds48

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    WTH?????????
     
  6. Jun 3, 2014 #486 of 557
    Lightguy84

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    I took some up close pictures as-well. Notice the duct tape, Zip Ties, Wire supports, and hose clamps affixed to the pole. you can also see that the pole was sleeved and welded. they even attempted to camouflage it

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  7. Jun 3, 2014 #487 of 557
    James Long

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    Any LOS closer to the ground? I've seen some strange mounts where required to get LOS. At least this doesn't get blocked if someone parks a motorhome next to the dish. :)
     
  8. Jun 3, 2014 #488 of 557
    dennisj00

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    Just found this and haven't finished the thread but this was a legitimate connector . . .not anything close to a 110 plug. We had an audio board at a radio station that I worked at as a teenager that had audio connections like this.
     
  9. Jun 3, 2014 #489 of 557
    Nick

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    I don't remember if I mentioned this before, but I had a friend whose dish was nailed to a pine by the D* installer. Signal would go in and out according to how the wind blew. Finally, it got so bad she had to cancel.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2014 #490 of 557
    Nick

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    Shocking, just shocking!
     
  11. Jun 3, 2014 #491 of 557
    peds48

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    I wish I would get jobs like these...
     
  12. Jun 3, 2014 #492 of 557
    samrs

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    I get upgrades like these....They really suck.
     
  13. Jun 3, 2014 #493 of 557
    peds48

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    I would tell them to go pound sand. I dont play with jobs like this.

    did not know that 30ft poles were all that common in your market.
     
  14. tarrakas

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    This was a swap replace upgrade I rolled out to last week. Need less to say, I made about 25 bucks to fix this. That's a rail mount pole fyi.
     

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  15. tarrakas

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    And the after photos.
     

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  16. west99999

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    But yet you left the splice in the cable.
     
  17. peds48

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    that is not a splice! that is a signal measuring point!!! !rolling
     
  18. Nick

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    ^ Also used for draining off excess signal when pressure builds up and is a potential
    danger to our four-legged felines -- an RF/CAT safety valve if you will. :eek:
     
  19. samrs

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    Job security cuz...
     
  20. tarrakas

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    I suppose I could have gone around and rewired the entire house too...
     

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