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Brian Jojade

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Re: FOH Cable Runs for Outdoor Amphitheater
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2022, 03:50:09 PM »

Time for The Dave Stevens Anvil of Reality®

All of that is pretty spot on.

Pulling temporary wires through tubes isn't something that a touring show wants to do for the reasons laid out.  Using and troubleshooting house cabling typically takes as long or longer than just dropping the already configured snake.

Smaller local shows typically have a little more flexibility for pulling stuff through a tube, especially if they don't have cables that are as tour durable and want some protection.

The absolute ideal scenario is a chase way with a lid that can be opened.  Harder to get that installed in an outdoor venue though
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Re: FOH Cable Runs for Outdoor Amphitheater
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2022, 12:59:28 PM »

If you are digging a trench, then 2 x 6" pipes is well worth the small extra cost, with one continuous draw rope up one, down the other. At some point you will get a kink and a jam, and two bores is safer.
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Re: FOH Cable Runs for Outdoor Amphitheater
« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2022, 09:33:07 PM »

If you are digging a trench, then 2 x 6" pipes is well worth the small extra cost, with one continuous draw rope up one, down the other. At some point you will get a kink and a jam, and two bores is safer.
Or better yet, two 12”:

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Re: FOH Cable Runs for Outdoor Amphitheater
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2022, 10:24:18 AM »

I have noticed a big shift in cabling this summer with the touring shows. Data cables are on the up for lighting and copper DMX of the traditional kind is on the way down. We have 4 DMX runs to the stage area and this year, the first question is about cat5/6 - just for the lights people, with Artnet seemingly the flavour of the month. A few are even asking if we have fibre, which we don't.

I'd increase the quantity of data cable you stick in, it seems to be the way we're going.
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Re: FOH Cable Runs for Outdoor Amphitheater
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2022, 12:56:05 PM »

The city I live in the amphitheater has an (estimated) 18x16-in concrete trench with locking hinged iron covers and (water drains) that goes from front of house position all the way into the stage area, it's much easier than conduit, they don't have to leave cables laid out and whoever needs to can just throw their cables in the trench and go about their business, seems like a cleaner idea.
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