Whats with the electrical tape?

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Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby FrontSideBus » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:54 pm

Lately I've seen loads of lanterns with the bowl held on by copious amounts of electrical tape. What's going on here? Lack of spares or just lazy techs?
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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby Tom » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:09 pm

LOL this kind of bodge has been going on in our area for donkey's years! The LX taped bowls on the Thorn Alpha 4s, Philips MAs and many B groups was and still is a common sight along our roads! Just about every main model of lantern gets this treatment! Another favourite is cable ties! Yep, I've seen some terrible bodges or lash-ups on my travels around the country! Gaffer tape, LX tape, you name it! :shock:

I think most of it is where the engineers didn't have the spares on their wagons hence the classic LX tape fix!
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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby Kev » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:35 pm

I think the clips on alpha4s are a bit crap! The MA has the metal clips which seem better! I am guilty of cable tieing the odd diffuser on the odd occasion!

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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby sailormoon01uk » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:13 pm

Thats the issue with the Post 1983 Thorn Street Lanterns' as they have Plastic Toggle Clips, they have a habit of snapping at the lips, I have never seen councils having spare Clips, so instead of replaceing the complete Lantern they simply use Cable ties or Insulation Tape to hold the Bowls inplace. However with insulation Tape they eventually were out with damp Heat and sunlight and Bowls have been known to fall of the Street lanterns.

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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby chanceskydiver » Fri May 25, 2012 2:53 pm

That's interesting have wondered why Lothian Regional Council/Edinvrgh, Midlothian, East/West Lothian and Borders also does is Fife Council

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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby LinearSLI-H » Fri May 25, 2012 10:21 pm

GEC have had the all time best idea for a bowl clip on lanterns such as their Z9464, then it would be Philips on the MI 26, with the worse being Thorns plastic replacement for the Beta 5.
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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby Tom » Fri May 25, 2012 10:28 pm

I wonder if some small engineering company could start fabricating stainless steel replacements for poor performing plastic clips? Could be a niche market there but I doubt it would get any interest on Dragon's Den....
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Re: Whats with the electrical tape?

Postby Paul » Sat May 26, 2012 12:35 pm

In this day and age, the authorities never seem intersted in fixing things, only replacing them... :doh


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