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#46551 - 12/26/04 12:28 PM Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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When I was younger, I saw surface-mount porcelain receptacles like these being sold in local hardware stores here in New York.



The one I have is made in the U.S.A. by the old Eagle Electric Mfg. (now Cooper Wiring Devices).

Another one I have lying about is imported from People's Rep. of China.

It can accomodate a roun-pin plug (4-mm pins) like the ones used in Europe or a standard flat-pin plug.

Were round-pin plugs ever used in the USA, or is this just a universal type socket that can be sold in any part of the world?

The hardware store owner said they were called "barn receptacles". Anyone else ever seen these?
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#46552 - 12/26/04 03:31 PM Re: Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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To me, it looks like the round "pin holes" are actually rivets to hold the two halves together. Did you check for continuity between terminal screws and those holes?

(Edited: )
As for the "Barn Receptacle" part, perhaps it's called that becasue its surface mount, i.e. it wouldn't be used in a finished area?


[This message has been edited by sparked (edited 12-26-2004).]
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#46553 - 12/26/04 04:21 PM Re: Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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One vague equivalent may have been a “roaster-cord” 2-wire connector mating to round male pins on kitchen-countertop cooking appliances — top of page at www.cooperwiringdevices.com/catalog/PDF/SECTION_U/U_6_CWD_Cord_Sets.pdf ISTR there may have been two {or possibly three} different pin spacings. By then, ‘space-age Bakelite’ versions upstaged porcelain.
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#46554 - 12/26/04 04:35 PM Re: Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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I remember those in bakelite. I too think those holes are just rivets to hold the thing together.

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#46555 - 12/26/04 04:58 PM Re: Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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Yes, there is continuity between the terminals and those holes.

The round holes indeed show rivets that hold the contacts to the porcelain body.

It's still kind of amazing that I can use these receptacles with either American or European type plugs.
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#46556 - 12/26/04 05:10 PM Re: Did the USA ever use round-pin plugs?
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