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#123519 - 04/08/06 08:11 PM Old Stuff from LK
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I'll let Les fill you folks in on what's going on here:

All yours Les.

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#123520 - 04/08/06 08:30 PM Re: Old Stuff from LK
LK Offline


Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1721
Loc: New Jersey
When this was installed in 1937, they used 1 1/2" nips to connect from one box to another, back then they din't use bonding locknuts or bushings, so the entire system is all loose bonding, dependant on pipe and locknuts, i think we do a better job of bonding in todays installations.

#123521 - 04/09/06 02:36 AM Re: Old Stuff from LK

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 862
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Great photo. I like the old meters and switchgear.
As per chatroom discussion 9th of April I hope you get the mystery 7 Amps sorted out, but I think you have it already under control Les.
Regards Ray
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#123522 - 04/09/06 02:35 PM Re: Old Stuff from LK
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
What are the white cylinders at the top of the pic?

Wood work but can't!

#123523 - 04/09/06 03:23 PM Re: Old Stuff from LK
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Alan, you see an insulated pipe, probably a drain line, with the insulation interrupted by a hanger.

#123524 - 04/09/06 03:28 PM Re: Old Stuff from LK
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
I was thinking a steam pipe.

I think that shows the difference between where Reno and I live.

New England vs the desert.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#123525 - 04/10/06 08:30 AM Re: Old Stuff from LK
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
I really enjoy looking at pix of old installations such as this. Things have come a long ways, with modern inventions such as wire gutters and circuit breakers .

I have a panel in my collection, very much like the first four shown on that long wall. The panel is typically sealed by the POCO, and inside there is a single 30 amp main fuse, an EXO switch, and also a small knife switch inside the box - I presume to shunt the meter out of the circuit for testing or replacement. The customer's fuses (all two of them) are in a little "appendage" on the bottom of the panel with a little door that swings up.

It would be interesting to know what is in the main disconnect switch .

Mike (mamils)


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