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Callan Browne

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Re: Venue Power Check
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2018, 06:49:39 pm »

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3 weeks ago this was my on stage power, about 6" down behind the stage

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Re: Venue Power Check
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2018, 05:55:00 am »

... but the quality of the carpetting makes up for any shortfall in electrical safety?

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Re: Venue Power Check
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2018, 11:58:29 am »

Well you are down under. ;)
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Re: Venue Power Check
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2018, 02:58:29 am »

When I am in a venue I have never worked before, I make sure to leave a little time for power check.

First, I find out where the breaker box is

Then I break out a “Fox and Hound” type breaker finder unit. The “Fox” part plugs into an outlet, the “Hound” part is slid over the breakers in the box (no need to unscrew any covers) and will indicate which breaker that the outlet the Fox sender is connected to. I use a sperry CS61200 unit but Fluke, Greenlee and others all make breaker finders.

Next I label the outlets and breakers

I then check with the house staff and promoters and see if any outlets are needed for another use, like a video person, or coffee pot. If the house plugs a coffee pot into your circuit it will most likely trip the breaker during the show.

In cases where multiple outlets are on the same circuit as the ones I am using, I will put a piece of gaff tape over the outlet with Do Not Use written on the tape.  Make sure you remove the tape after the gig. I forgot to remove the tape covers in a casino ballroom once. I did another show there months later and my tape was still telling people to not use certain outlets.  Oops.

Here is an article I wrote a while back about power. Check out the stuff written by Mike Sokol as well.

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Re: Venue Power Check
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2018, 08:59:59 am »

Suppose I come across an outlet near FoH that I would like to use but has some wiring issues that might be an easy fix, like out of phase, are there any circumstances where you would fix it?

When I find a bad outlet on a gig, I put tape across it and write "BAD" with a Sharpie.  Then I don't say anything to anybody about it.

I have come back to venues years after doing this and seen my tape still in place.  I have also seen some venues get fixed.  Of course.....I have seen the tape simply removed, also.
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