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#104331 - 02/01/03 04:06 AM Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
Joe Tedesco Offline
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This was found in an office building in Boston on Tremont Street!

Looks like it is still in operation and the break glass is gone!

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited 02-01-2003).]
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#104332 - 02/01/03 06:39 PM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
Bjarney Offline
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Weren't the hooks on the right side once intended for a small chained-on hammer?

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#104333 - 02/02/03 07:01 AM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
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Joe;
This is a gag, isn't it? My grandma's house was full of these 1910-era "emergency shutoff switches". These switches seem to be making a comeback in new houses built in a victorian style. These devices were nearly indestructible. I have several of these in my collection.

Mike (mamills)

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#104334 - 02/02/03 06:00 PM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
Joe Tedesco Offline
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Yes, the chain and hammer are missing and the glass was broken. No joke here this is for real.
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#104335 - 02/04/03 09:01 AM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
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Registered: 08/19/02
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How is that thing any different from a regular wall switch?

The electric switches used to shut off the oil burners...are they just normal switches in a red box or is there something else to them?

What is this the "shutoff" to?

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#104336 - 02/04/03 11:53 AM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
Joe Tedesco Offline
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I will have to go back to that location soon to check, but it probably was for the "AC Electric Service" or maybe the heating system, which may be a oil burner.
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#104337 - 02/04/03 11:54 AM Re: Emergency Shutoff Still in Operation?
sparky Offline
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Registered: 10/18/00
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Is this connected to a shunt trip main?

if so, many gas stations would have similar EM disco's.....

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