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#153226 - 08/17/06 04:57 AM Old Cords from Ian
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From Theelectrikid
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I got some pics here of some old extension cords from my grandfather's garage. I thought you might like them for the Nostalgia Forum.
Sorry for the low-quality pics, I just figured out how to get pictures from
my camera phone to the computer.

Ian A.






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#153227 - 08/17/06 09:42 AM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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I have tons of these. As long as they are in good shape, they can actually be kinda nice. However, some old ones were made out of 18AWG wire. My aunt tried to run a toaster and a coffee percolator on one once, and, it burnt up. The outlet was on a 30 amp fuse, but that's another rant....

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#153228 - 08/17/06 11:24 AM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Thanks Scott. He also had a few that were newer but had older-style replacement cord caps. There's also a few other "goodies" in his basement/garage that I should get picture of.

Ian A.

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#153229 - 08/23/06 07:51 AM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Wow. Nice. The stuff I grew up with too!

They still sell those things, too! The surface mount sockets, at least.

The white one is made by Eagle - now Cooper Wiring Devices. They're not bad if you screw it to the wall, but to use it as a standard extension cord....welll, the plastic is a bit fragile - better to use a molded rubber female connector.

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#153230 - 08/23/06 12:28 PM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Same here. When I was 12 (around '67), I went to a sleep-over summer camp for 8 weeks. I took an AC/DC multi-band transistor radio.

Knowing how fast batteries go, I went prepared. I took a 50ft spool of lamp cord, a plug, and a socket end like the ivory one above.

The cabin had one duplex receptacle next to the switch (2 porcelain lampholders). I ran the cord from the receptacle to the wall by my cot.

I was the envy of the cabin. A couple of the other kids got their parents to send them plugs and sockets, so we had the best-wired cabin.

Little did I know about the evils of cascading plug strips, if this "installaton" qualifies as such. We never had any problems, though.
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#153231 - 08/23/06 03:17 PM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Larry, bet you didn't pull a permit either.

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#153232 - 08/23/06 04:42 PM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Sven:
In the first picture, you can just barely see the ends of the duct tape holding it together!

Ian A.
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#153233 - 08/23/06 07:10 PM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Years ago, at scout camp, a couple guys in my troop brought a clock-radio, and some extention cord, thinking that they could run a cable from the latrine to their tent... the cable wasn't long enough, so they did what any good boy scout would do.. they plugged the clock-radio into a shoe :-)

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#153234 - 08/23/06 10:00 PM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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I'll send in a pic of a housing project I was on end of july this year. We had 175 of us all staying in a gym. The gym had 2 duplex receptacles, no air conditioning, and all FPE panels. It was an interesting week.

This is way off topic, but good for a laugh. When I was 5, me and a friend spent all summer gathering up all the hose we could get. when mid-september rolled around, we put it together and stretched it all the way from my house to a park down the street and made our own waterslide. It was pretty cool, until we got yelld at for almost flooding the park and running our water bill through the roof!

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#153235 - 08/24/06 06:50 AM Re: Old Cords from Ian
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Sven:
In the first picture, you can just barely see the ends of the duct tape holding it together!


Ian, I saw the ends. I just thought it was the price tag & SKU label. That's where they're always place on the ones I've bought.

The round open-front plugs are OK, provided you know how to put them on properly. It involves dressing the wire properly and after you've tightened the terminal screws, trimming the ends of the conductor, etc..

Otherwise, you're ending up with stray strands that can short out.

Too many people don't know what they're doing - I've seen them with excessively stripped conductors, wires wrapped the wrong way, loose terminal screws....the works. Plug one of those in and you get nice fireworks!

Thank god for Dead-front caps! At least each terminal screw is enclosed by a little plastic barrier.

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