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#111124 - 09/05/06 10:18 PM More Death Traps  
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I got a call that the breaker a computer was pluged into kept tripping. When I moved the desk to take a look at the outlet I found this home made power bar.
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Also found this cool switch in a garage hooked up to a bench grinder. One switch ran the motor the other ran a light. the two switches are mounted to the single gang box using the famous plumbers straping. The ground conductor was used as a hot and the hot and neutral as switch legs.

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#111125 - 09/05/06 10:48 PM Re: More Death Traps  
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How can someone put so much effort into something like that, Rube Goldberg would have been so proud!!!
It looks like these were used receptacles that were either from a split kitchen circuit or several individual switched outlets.
Did you find this in a business or a residence???


#111126 - 09/05/06 10:53 PM Re: More Death Traps  
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residence. also,no grounds on either one.



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Thanks.

#111127 - 09/06/06 12:06 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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Of course theres a ground! Theres a chassis, right? People don't realize just exactly how much power computer equipment can draw. Its crazy that someone would even try stuff like this, espescially when you can get commercially made powerstrips for so little money. There is a hardware store near me that sells really nice ones for $5.00 and not as nice but better than this contraption ones for $1.25.


#111128 - 09/06/06 02:09 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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50 points to whoever gets this one right:

On the first pic, the straps and screws holding the outlets are from what? There are two possible answers (that I know of, anyways)

Hint: The screws are allen key and the nuts are square.


#111129 - 09/06/06 04:29 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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a erector set?


#111130 - 09/06/06 06:00 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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MECCANO !!


The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#111131 - 09/06/06 06:06 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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The screws are certainly not Meccano.
These were usually brass slotted screws,
I think they were 5/32 or maybe 3/16.
The set I had had hexagonal brass screws.
The original Meccano strips were green while the plates were usually red.

Then I had TEMSI which was a German variant of the English Meccano, which fitted with the Meccano parts OK, although the finish wasn't as good especially on the shafts which were perhaps a few thou thicker and some gearwheels didn't fit on them.
The colours of the latter were different too.

The 8 way power botch has no ground at all, the lead feeding it is only 2 core.

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The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#111132 - 09/06/06 06:36 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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The silver stuff with the hex key screws and square nuts was later, maybe in the mid 90s, I forgot the name, but I had a tractor set somewhere.


#111133 - 09/06/06 08:03 AM Re: More Death Traps  
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Did anybody else notice that on the "outlet strip" they took the time to cut the jumpers on the side connection and put jumpers in on the back stab?


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