- Aug 21, 2007
- Las Vegas, NV, USA
I found the one on the Right while hanging a Source4 HPL575 PAR SixBar, and called it to one of the road guy's attention. He said, "Just tape over it." I said "NO FRIGGIN WAY!" and replaced it with one from House Stock identical to the one on the Left. There wasn't any electrical issue, no scorched pins or anything like that. Oh, and I had to spread the pins on every male I connected! This is the same road company that didn't own any black e-tape or tieline, but wanted their cables dressed neatly, had most of the clamps for their moving lights in just a few boxes, instead of two pair in each dual box, and acted offended when I demanded a safety cable on every fixture. Also, they had "sort-of" single row PRT. The 20.5" truss had no internal diagonals, so the lamp bars rode with the lights inside, and when deployed the lamp bar rested on the wheel plates, with no mechanical attachment! Not a real safety issue, as it's very difficult to get the bar out of the truss, but the bars moved upstage/downstage and rocked when trying to focus!
I'm amazed, (but shouldn't be), that the Producer tolerates this kind of sub-standard equipment and practices. People wouldn't believe it if I told you what the event and gross sales were. But the good news is since they were paying the lighting company so little for their incompetence and bad equipment, the local crew made lots of overtime. Go figure. /rant off.