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#Installation Fail—Wiring

On the heels of my last post on getting installs right, it seemed like it was time to re-visit our old friend, #Installation Fail. It’s been a while since we had some fun with, how shall we say, creative installations. I’ve been collecting these for quite some time now, and I won’t reveal where they came from. Consider this a primer on how not to install cables.

The good news is there’s plenty of cable should the equipment need to be re-located.At least I can’t chalk the above mess to a professional installer. The next photo however…well, it’s just the way the installer left it.

Bushings? We don’t need no stinking bushings. Or the cover for that matter.
Man it was nice of those plumbers to put those pipes there for the cables to run over.And just to prove the A/V guys didn’t favor plumbers over HVAC guys…

We’ve got speaker cables going over HVAC and electrical! Score!!Yes, we’ve seen all sorts of creative installs. This is one of my favorites. Props for using conduit. But feeding an extension cord through it to plug into a dimmer? Hmmm…

Hey, at least they put the extension cord in the conduit…Sometimes however, conduits seem hardly necessary.

This isn’t so much an “installation” as a lack thereof…
I really have nothing more to say about that one.

Remember, if you have any “creative installation” photos, send them along. I’ll happily post them and keep the source secret to protect the, uh, guilty.

6 Comments

  1. mattphelps@matthew-phelps.com

    I’ve got a ‘nice’ set up for you, once I take a picture of it. And by ‘nice’, I mean I was afraid to take my feet off the legs of the uncomfortable swivel chair because I was worried I’d hit a power switch on one of the many power strips on the floor. Then there’s the wiring behind the mixer.

    One of these days I want to take everything out and set it up right.

  2. mattphelps@matthew-phelps.com

    I’ve got a ‘nice’ set up for you, once I take a picture of it. And by ‘nice’, I mean I was afraid to take my feet off the legs of the uncomfortable swivel chair because I was worried I’d hit a power switch on one of the many power strips on the floor. Then there’s the wiring behind the mixer.

    One of these days I want to take everything out and set it up right.

  3. andy@andrewc.info

    We accidentally turned off a power strip that powers our graphicEQ and feedback destroyer for the main speaker, after unplugging a laptop, needless to say we couldn’t figure out why the stuff was off for a good 10 minutes during VBS…

  4. andy@andrewc.info

    We accidentally turned off a power strip that powers our graphicEQ and feedback destroyer for the main speaker, after unplugging a laptop, needless to say we couldn’t figure out why the stuff was off for a good 10 minutes during VBS…

  5. kenanscott24@gmail.com

    One day at rehearsal, our sub woofer disattached from the ceiling. It was saved by it’s power cord, dangling. We found that the woofer was attached there for years by two cheap plastic straps attached to hooks in the ceiling.

  6. kenanscott24@gmail.com

    One day at rehearsal, our sub woofer disattached from the ceiling. It was saved by it’s power cord, dangling. We found that the woofer was attached there for years by two cheap plastic straps attached to hooks in the ceiling.

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