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Re: Gorgeous Service #106126 06/12/05 01:55 PM
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Alan Belson Offline
Do my old eyes decieve me, or has someone snipped some of the wires, ( red/black) in pic 4 in order to get them to fit?

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Re: Gorgeous Service #106127 06/12/05 09:34 PM
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If you look at a old (pre GTE Sylvania)Zinsco,it will say "Zinsco Electrical Products Los Angeles Calif."and one of those really old clay pigeon substitutes,will say "Magnetrip".

P.S. I suspect they had more national distribution after GTE bought them in the 1970s. They were very popular in apartment buildings,trailers and other structures wired by bottom feeders. [Linked Image]

Re: Gorgeous Service #106128 06/13/05 12:15 PM
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mamills Offline
Kinda ironic...using the term "bottom feeders" when referring to Zinsco. [Linked Image]

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Re: Gorgeous Service #106129 06/13/05 07:16 PM
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NJwirenut Offline
I have never seen a piece of Zinsco equipment here in the northeast. (thankfully!)

Unfortunately, this is compensated for by all the FPE panels we have around here.... [Linked Image]

Re: Gorgeous Service #106130 06/13/05 07:57 PM
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sierra electrician Offline
The best thing about that Zinsco Panel is: The plaster job that surrounds it. This guy cared enough to insatll metal chanel around it so he wouldnt' plaster the door shut with the new finish depth.


Re: Gorgeous Service #106131 06/13/05 09:22 PM
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electure Offline OP
So, what would have been the good choice for a panel like this in the '60s?

Remember. at that time they didn't know what we know now about these problems.

And I'm no carp/fan of Zinsco or FPE, either [Linked Image]

Re: Gorgeous Service #106132 06/13/05 11:28 PM
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NORCAL Offline
Best service in the 1960-70s IMO would be I-T-E,Cutler-Hammer,and SQ D*.

* Around here SQ D would be a BAD choice since no local support, [Linked Image] but their resi. equipment was well built.

Re: Gorgeous Service #106133 06/15/05 06:02 AM
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electure Offline OP
Cutler Hammer would have been a non-choice in the '60s.
The type CH/CHB breakers weren't introduced until about '72 or '73 [Linked Image] Even then, they were considered by many as too new to be trusted.

Sort of narrows down the field, huh?

Re: Gorgeous Service #106134 06/15/05 08:03 AM
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NORCAL Offline
The "CH" was introduced in the late 50's, the time the "CHB" came on the market I dunno.

Re: Gorgeous Service #106135 06/16/05 06:12 AM
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