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#1 David Ross

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 08:37 PM

I'm planning to make up a bunch of  new 12/ 3  stingers. I wish to identify each cable with an ID color based on the lengths. I plan to carry 4 sizes they are : 10'  25' 50' and 100' cables . So my question is  there some known  color system based on length of cable ? And if so could you please share.

 

Thank you in advance for your advice.

 

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#2 Daniel Klockenkemper

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 09:33 PM

There isn't a uniform standard as far as I can tell.  If you look at filmtools' stingers, they do white for 25', red for 50', and yellow for 100ft, with no color for 10ft (which makes sense, it's easy to ID the length when it's that short).  A rental house I've worked with a lot does orange for 25ft, yellow for 50ft, and no markings for 100ft. 

 

I've also seen the PRG color code system on the internet, which goes like this:  

5′ Red
10′ Green
15′ Blue
20′ Brown
25′ Purple
50′ Orange
75′ White
100′ Yellow
 
There are also color codes for DMX cable, if you or others on your crew use DMX frequently you might copy that so as not to have two separate systems to memorize: 
5ft - red
10ft - yellow
15ft - green
25ft - orange
50ft - white
100ft - purple

 

If there's a rental house that you use to supplement your own equipment for bigger jobs, it makes the most sense to copy whatever system they use.


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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

To be honest; I'd just make up 25 and 50 stingers with maybe a 1 100' (though 2x 50's I find to be more versitile).

And with those they are easy enough to tell size by feel (and by keeping them in their own milk-crates) that you don't need color coding necessarily. If so; I've noticed, though haven't looked deeply into it that many 50' are red and most 25' are, well not red (often the color of the rental houses's stuff).

If you wanna get super fancy you could change the color of the hubbles on the end-- make them brightly colored if you can (makes it easier to find says me-- perhaps yellow for 25 and orange for 50)


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#4 Edward Lawrence Conley III

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:23 PM

I'd check in at Paladin for pricing on stingers. Unless you are buying a spool of 12/3 and connectors in bulk their pricing is good.

 

 

darrin@paladinhollywood.com

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1001 N. POINSETTIA PL.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046 US

Phone: (323) 851-8222

Fax: (323) 851-7328

 

$39.00 for 25'

$52.00 for 50'


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#5 JD Hartman

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

I'd have to agree with Adrian, 25 and 50' stingers will be the bulk of what you use.  When you to 100', you start to exceed acceptable voltage drop at anything over 15A.  As far as the 10' stingers, nice to have if you are shooting a lot in cube farms, but you can always rent those as needed. 

 

As far as buy vs. make you own, if you're not a total bungler with tools and shop carefully, you can easily beat the "retail" price on the materials.  Look on Fleabay for caps and bodies, look on Craigslist and estate sales for an electrical contractor going out of business or swap meets and buy mostly full spools of 12/3 cordage.  Your time??  Make them while watching TV.


Edited by JD Hartman, 25 September 2017 - 05:20 PM.

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#6 David Ross

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 02:11 PM

All great advice - thanks everyone!


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