faulty gear – avoid the recurring nightmare

Finding a faulty cable or connector or input etc. is
very annoying. Forgetting about it and having to find it over and over again is
even more annoying. Some tips for preventing this…

It’s bad enough to find a faulty cable or connector
in the middle of a show, but if, like me, in the heat of the moment you forget
to mark it, then you are doomed to keep having problems again and again until
you isolate it and at least quarrantine it, or best repair

The easiest and most obvious way to
identify a potentially faulty cable is to wray PVC tape over one end of the
cable, so that it covers the working part of the connector. This way, someone
would have to remove the tape to use the cable, and if you make sure all your
crew know that taped connectors are to be

It’s even better if you can use
white tape and write on it the nature of the fault (no video, interference, etc)
to make diagnosis easier later.

If you
don’t have any tape to hand, then at least tie a loose knot in cable, till you
can find some tape. This is not as good, as someone could untie the knot, or
cables can knot themselves, but it is better than nothing. Remember not to pull
the knot too tight, as you will damage the internal

The same applies for inputs
or outputs on equipment, Tape some PVC tape across input/output or tape over the
faulty control, to prevent anyone using it.

Another suggestion is to have a box
for faulty stuff, so that it automatically gets quarantined at the end of the

Also remember to make time to fix
it or replace it, as it is just as bad if you get to the next show without it,
and are short of one cable to finish the setup.


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