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How many techs does it take to change a lightbulb?

Discussion in 'Safety' started by EPAC_Matt, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. EPAC_Matt

    EPAC_Matt Member

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    Apparently it took 4 -- and an hour to do so, during maintenance.

    We had been fighting with a parcan on our third electric batten, trying to follow it's cable through the tangle of other cables and find out what circuit it was patched into, etc... The darn thing just wouldn't work! Took an hour to realize there was no lamp in the fixture :)

    Good times. :roll:
     
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    Seems like you kids need to do some re-organization. Thats why you always label everyting on both ends and have sheets telling you what goes to what. Let this be a lesson to you. :lol:
     
  3. zac850

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    Ahh, yes, spend hours going through all of the small details, only to realize that you over looked a major thing, such as not having a lamp in it.

    As digitaltec said, it helps to label everything, and have a piece of paper (lightwrite file) that says what is going where, what circuit, and into what dimmer.

    On that note, acutely, on a completely different note:
    How many straight actors does it take to change a light bulb?


    Both of them.
     
  4. propmonkey

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    my freshmen year(when i knew nothing) it took me and the old light guy(nice guy but he knew crap aboot lighting) 15 mins to change a fersnel. he didnt know and never have done it before.
     
  5. EPAC_Matt

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    Eh, we had gone along the raceway with a pad of paper and took note of the fixture's distances, circuits, etc... but the whole things a mess of cables and I guess mistakes do happen.

    As for the missing bulb, we had thought we changed the lamp out but apparently we got sidetracked and forgot to stick the new lamp in, so when we had came back to the fixture, as you could've gessed, we were stumped.
     
  6. avkid

    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    wow! that is sad, i once wrotes a series of notes(about 10) to the LD about what i thought was a burntout bulb. he called me crazy, but later it turned out that the bulb had melted into the fresnel and totally screwed it up. The moral of the story is always listen to everyone's opinion no matter how dumb you think they are, they just could be right for once!!!
     
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    the bs process I have to go through to change our worklights on our grid.

    one guy to put in work order to change light
    one guy to come assess how many lamps to purchase and of what kind
    one guy to request to order said lamps in said quanities
    one guy to quote/price out and order said lamps
    one guy to recieve said lamps
    two theatre studends to take said lamps up to grid
    a different guy to come and install the new lamps because the assor is afraid of heights
    and the last guy to sweep up the dead flies from the light covers

    person count: 9

    I've been waiting for over three months to get these changed and they still aren't yet. If it wasn't for the facilities union (not to dog the unions or our facilities personel, all are great people) I would have changed all of these lights already.

    Jeremy
     
  8. Radman

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    I used to live in MI. Answer to question:

    A few.

    (I all of a sudden got really lazy...)
     
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    Some of my favorite responses to the question, "So, what WAS wrong with the light?"

    A. "Um, we forgot to plug it in."
    B. "We didn't patch it into the board."
    C. the everpopular, "No lamp."
    D. "I thought the 'new kid' was going to hang that light."

    and the new most popular...

    E. "It was something dumb, so I'm not telling you because you snort through your nose when you laugh."

    BigGorilla
     
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    once i spent at least an hour trying to get an amp to work only to discover it was unplgged because when i used it the day before it was working and a contractor had unplugged it. moral of the story: check the obvious first
     
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    Congratulations, that was ambiguous beyond even my own limited comprehension.
     
  12. teh_sparky

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    During our fall play last year, a lamp melted in the striplight. It took about 20 minutes and five or six people to get the thing out. Fun stuff, I am telling you.
     
  13. hans44

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    From Harry C. Box's Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Third Ed.:

    How many directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    One. No, two. No, no one.

    How many gaffers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    One, no two . . . how many do you have on the truck?

    How many electricians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    It's not a bulb, it's a globe.

    How many grips does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Grips don't change light bulbs. That's electric
    ALTERNATE:
    Two. One to hold it and the other to hammer it in.

    How many executive producers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Executive producers don't screw in light bulbs. They screw in hot tubs.

    How many production managers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    None! If you'd just make it a day exterior we wouldn't have to keep screwing around with all these light bulbs!

    How many ACs (camera assistant) does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Five. One to screw it in and four to tell you how they did it on the last show.

    How many fire safety officers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    One, but it's an 8-hour minimum.

    How many teamsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Four. You got a problem with that?

    How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Does it have to be a light bulb? I've got a really nice candelabra we could use.

    To finish the list:

    STUNTMEN: Five. One to screw it in and four to tell him how b**chin' he looked doing it.

    STUDIO EXECS: No one knows. Light bulbs last much longer than studio execs.

    ACTORS: 100. One to screw it in and 99 to say they could have done it better.

    SCREEN WRITERS: The light bulb is IN and it is staying IN!

    EDITORS: If we change the light bulb we'll have to change everything.


    (Once again, thanx to Mr. Box for these GREAT works of comedy. BUY HIS BOOK!)
     
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    My personal Favorite WHAT WAS WRONG WITH IT REPLY?:

    It was possesed. Which reminds me, the Leko's still in his office where we locked it up that night, 2 years ago.
     
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    Don't you love the ridiculous situations you can get yourself into doing the simplest things. All the more reason to keep a gamcheck in the tool bag. I love that tool more and more every time it saves me from scratching my head and wondering wtf is wrong.
     
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    You took the words out of my mouth - what especially annoys me is when it takes your a couple of hours to realize the bleeding obvious. We had our lighting designer throw a wonky once because a PAR wouldn't come on. After berating us for not circuiting it properly (it was), not maintain the lights correctly - you know where I'm going with this - he forgot to plug the light into a circuit...never an apology, never a moment of humility, he just went on to his next tirade. He was a fun LD - NOT!

    Char5lie

    P.S. the only thing funnier than not having a lamp in a fixture is watching a Drama student trying to drive in screws with a Makita in reverse - especially after they decline your help.
     
  17. Eboy87

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    I thought the answer to the age old question of "How many techies does it take to screw in a light builb?" was obvious.

    Two. Provided they could find one big enough. :lol:

    It's been one of those kinds of days so far
     
  18. RiffRaff54

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    The way I heard it was this:

    "How many techies does it take to change a light bulb?"

    "It's called a lamp and it's not funny."

    eh, on a related subject, whats the difference between a light bulb and a pregnent woman?

    You can unscrew the light bulb
     
  19. lieperjp

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    HA HA HA! The funniest one!
     
  20. Lightingguy32

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    1 if they are properly trained.
    3 or more when not: 1 to ask another techie, another techie to ask some one who is trained and then the someone who is trained ends up replacing the lamp.
     

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