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Sunday, September 13, 2015
I'll Be Back...
Once more into the breach on the subject of the Five Pecker Billygoat…
In response to a recent post, a reader asked why I would choose to use a 100 amp Billygoat -- with its five non-fused, un-breakered edison plugs -- over a 100 amp Lunch Box, which has five circuits (with two plugs each) protected by circuit breakers.
The simple answer is, I wouldn't -- I prefer to use a Lunch Box most of the time. But as a mere juicer on the crew, I have to work with what's on hand. The decisions as to what equipment we use comes from higher up the departmental food chain, and are subject to budgetary, time, and availability issues.
We often make do with what we've got on set, and so long as the gaffer isn't asking me me to power five 2Ks through a Billy Goat, it's no big deal.
In some circumstances -- as pictured above -- a Billygoat is faster and easier to rig than the heavier, bulkier Lunch Box. This one is being used to power five 1K par lights hung on a pipe that serve as the front bounce-fill for one of our swing sets. The paper load of fifty amps (ten per plug) is easily handled by the Billygoat, so that's what we used. In a business where time is money -- and swing sets come and go -- you do what works and move on to the next task.
As summer morphs into fall -- although it's still hotter than the proverbial hinges of Hell in LA -- I'm taking a couple of weeks off from the Blood, Sweat and Tedium of my Hollywood life.
And so is the blog.
We'll be back...