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#116472 - 04/03/04 04:14 PM Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
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This was found behind a homeowners entertainment center with "14" cords connected to it!!!!! It shows a rating of 15A 110V AC/DC with a 16AWG zip cord feeding it... I did not however find a UL listing (nor any other agency... suprising!) I'd think CPSC would nail something like this though!

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#116473 - 04/03/04 04:19 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
BigJohn Offline
Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 391
Loc: Boston, MA
I've seen smaller versions of those in a kitchen. They actually had terminal screws and mounted on a junction box as a permanent receptacle.

#116474 - 04/03/04 05:44 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I've seen those - they were popular before the "power strips" we use today came along.

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#116475 - 04/03/04 06:30 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
SvenNYC Offline
Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1691
Loc: New York City

I do remember those. They would sell them in supermarkets under the GEM brand but I never bought them because they were so overpriced. They would come in various lengths - from about 7" to some that were a yard in length.

Haven't seen them in years though...especially since now I've been looking for one, so if anyone runs across one, let me know .

What are you planning on doing with it? Nifty male cord-cap design. Is it held together with a nut & screw?

P.S. I notice it was "produced in Japan" so there should be a Dentori "T-Mark" or a JIS logo on there somewhere. T-Mark is compulsory on Japanese wiring devices. JIS is optional.

This is Dentori's "T-Mark"

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#116476 - 04/03/04 07:32 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2527
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Reminds me of a new word.

fluggling (flug'l'ing)
1. (v.) The dangerous practice, in a darkened room, of using one's finger to guide the end of an electrical plug into a wall socket.

(First syllable rhymes with plug.)
#116477 - 04/03/04 11:05 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
cpalm1 Offline
Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 66
ive got something like that sitting in my basemnet. it looks a little different though, and is 3 feet long (i wonder how many plugs you could fit in it ) surprisingly, it does have a UL listing.
#116478 - 04/04/04 12:56 AM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1428
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Sven, Youre right on the money.... That "T-Mark" symbol is just to the right of the "produced in Japan" statement...So this means some sort of testing facility decided to declare this thing as safe for 15A??? & yes, the male cord cap is held together with a nut & screw This ones about a foot long.. I've actually had this thing for some time.. (At least 1996), Kinda funny, I found this on a call when I lived not too far from you. (Massapequa, LI, NY) It survived the trip back to California & has been with all my antique "don't use" stuff in the garage ever since.. I really don't have a clue how old this thing might be... I'm guessing somewheres in the 50's or 60's judging by the lack of polarity control, lack of markings on the power cord & writing style...

#116479 - 04/04/04 06:47 AM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
electure Offline

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4259
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Oh, Yeah...
There was one of these attached to the underside of our upper (metal, and no, it wasn't made of rocks like the Flintstones ) kitchen cabinet when I was a kid. '50s. It was plugged into "the" kitchen receptacle.

Come to think of it, I think the only real electrical appliances we had were the toaster, the "modern" timer and light on the range, and the "Mixmaster" that mom took out for cakes or bread....S

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#116480 - 04/05/04 09:56 AM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
FrankC Offline
Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 16
Loc: San Luis Obispo,CA
I pulled one out of a machine shop near a turret lathe. The operator had two lamps, a radio, and a Dremel tool plugged in to it. The problem came up when the metal chips and cutting fluid flying around ended up bringing hot and nuetral "together",so to speak. Guess the fire inspector missed that one.
#116481 - 04/05/04 02:47 PM Re: Has anyone else come across one of these contraptions?
Roger Offline
Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1716
Loc: N.C.
I've got one in my office. No, I don't use it, it's just part of my oddity collection.

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