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#124186 - 08/31/06 06:21 AM Old stuff from a yard sale
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Photos and information submitted by napervillesoundtech:

The town I live in has an annual giant yard sale.
People can donate stuff, and the money goes to charity. It is a great event and there
are usually some great things to get.

This year's finds included a small box
of random electrical stuff for $1.00:

In the box were 2 Hubbell
plugs, which is why I bought it:

Also in the box was a very
old Hubbell rubber end that seemed like something you probably can't get at
your local Home Depot, it is not polarized:

There was also a
giant soldering iron in the box, it probably would have been for fixing leaded glass. I just thought it was kinda neat:


Thanks Ben!.

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#124187 - 08/31/06 07:28 AM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
Wizzie Electric Offline

Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 59
Loc: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
That soldering iron is a neat find. Also what is that stainless steel wall plate ? Looks like an LED.

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#124188 - 08/31/06 09:21 AM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
My dad taught me how to solder about 45 years ago, using one of those huge irons. We used to set it on a brick, to keep from setting fire to anything nearby. Really brings back memories.

Nice finds there. Is that a kellems grip on that Hubbell female plug on the left side?

Mike (mamills)

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#124189 - 08/31/06 10:06 AM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
PEdoubleNIZZLE Offline

Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 176
Loc: McKeesport, PA, USA
mamills - that's crazy, I used to use a brick to set my iron on. At the time, it was all I could afford as I was 10 and it took me a months allowance just to get the iron, solder, and a few components. I just got the brick from the abandoned house next to mine.

I collect old electrical stuff. My favorite was when I volunteered for the city, we transformed an old office building into a haunted house. We basically demoed the whole thing. The city electrician decided to run a few circuits, all up high and out of the childnren's reach. We have exactly enough outlets, with extra ones in case we need, which are not hooked up.

I walked out of there with so many crazy and expensive things, like 20A 120V IG twist locks, old punchdown blocks for phones, about 70 feet of 50 conductor telephone cable, a buck-boost transformer, exit signs (though not cool ones like the one posted in Nostalgia), 50+ feet of plugmold, baseboard heaters, panic buttons, alarms, and a bunch of other odds and ends. It's all in excellent condition because the building was rewired a year or so before the business closed down, it was in the 1980's when it closed. I ended up selling some of the stock on ebay, but I kept a few twist-locks for some reason. I also kept all the plates, because they had the old plasic plates with a design, rather than just smooth like nowadays.

#124190 - 08/31/06 01:04 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Wow Ben, nice find.

The little cord-end cube taps are great for making a "jumper lead" for plugging wall warts into a powerstrip.

That cord switch might get some $ on E-bay.

Whatcha gonna do with the rest of the stuff?

#124191 - 08/31/06 03:31 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
livetoride Offline

Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 109
Loc: san diego ca usa
I'll give you a buck and shipping for the soldering iron and you will be in the plus column in the ledger. Rod

#124192 - 08/31/06 04:15 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
napervillesoundtech Offline

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 144
Loc: Naperville, IL, USA
I used to do a giant haunted house in my front yard each halloween. I have a friend who would bring one of those silent diesel generators and put it in my backyard. we would then run 2 temporary 60 amp panels. one for the giant sound system, and one for lights and fog boilers. It was pretty cool.

That is a kellems grip on the one plug. The plug itself isn't in very good shape, but, those grips are pretty nice. I have them on most of the nicer power cables I use with my PA system. That stainless steel panel is labeled "alarm" and "simplex". It is actually a small 120 volt neon lamp.

As far as that Iron goes, its pretty much up for grabs. send an email to benwiersum at hotmail dot com and we'll talk.

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#124193 - 09/01/06 12:04 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Sorry mate,
It's been a while since I've had an e-mail from you, with pics.
I couldn't remember your username.
My fault.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#124194 - 09/01/06 03:34 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2331
Loc: Vienna, Austria
Hey, where did you get my soldering iron???

Seriously, mine is pretty similar, only it has a black rubber cord and a Europan plug. Bought it for close to nothing at a flea market (something like 50 cents IIRC). 85W... nice beast! Soldering #16 wire works like a charm.

And that Gem tap to the right... I know a guy who plugged something like that into two 3 way extension cords (#18 SPT-I) and left i on the carpet in his bed room... actually never caught fire or killed anyone...

#124195 - 09/01/06 05:37 PM Re: Old stuff from a yard sale

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 862
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand

What a great bargain you got there.

Very interesing plugs.

Did the soldering iron work ?
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.


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