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#116501 04/05/04 12:04 PM
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The owner of a Chinese restaurant in an early 1900's building ordered a "used" small electric buffet cart... He was puzzled why he kept losing power to it & felt that if the plug fits, everything should be fine! enclosed are the plug from the table, & his recept..

-Randy (lostazhell)
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#116502 04/06/04 08:45 PM
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Nice Randy what part of southern Cali did you find this historic piece.

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Tim, Just outside of Downtown LA on the west... The street level of a highrise building... the vertical prong on the cord cap is burned, The porcelain recept appeaded unscathed except for that terminal screw showing discoloration from heat...

-Randy

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I take it the plug is something international. The prongs are too far apart to be a Nema 2-20P.

#116505 04/07/04 09:33 PM
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Gene, The cordcap was a NEMA 5-20 back when it still had its ground pin... The recept is the old T-slot style... I know not its NEMA designation but I think its standard "old stuff" [Linked Image]

-Randy

#116506 04/07/04 09:43 PM
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Wow!! keep 'em coming Randy. I love it. Whatever you do, don't throw that stuff out.

And if you're planning on it, call me. [Linked Image]

There are some 20-amp/220 volt plugs that are two-pin.

Look at this thing. It's from a Colombian manufacturer. Hubbell makes one also:
[Linked Image from codelca.com.co]


[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 04-07-2004).]

#116507 04/07/04 11:38 PM
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Sven.... Hubbell still makes 2 prong cord caps??? I wonder if they cost an arm & a leg like the rest of their stuff! [Linked Image] I've got some really old Hubbell stuff I'll have to photo for here.... One peculiar piece is a recept that has the same face design as the old Hubbell's but is stamped "ACORN"... I've only come across one of those..

-Randy

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When did U.S. manfacturers stop making receptacles with two T-slots? And were they used for both 120 and 240V circuits? If so, then I would imagine there were quite a few mishaps.

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Randy, I have no clue how much a Hubbell plug with that particular config costs, but in one electronics parts & controls catalog I saw a Hubbell Nema 1-15 valise plug go for like either US$10 or $15 [Linked Image]

Was the cap in your picture moulded-on or was it a "replacement" screw-on plug?

That hole looks like a screw to hole both sides of the plug together, although now I see that it's the stump of the round grounding pin.

Hubbell also owns Bryant. I like their spec-grade duplex receptacles. A nearby Home Desperate used to sell them but then they stopped and switched over to Leave-it-on products [Linked Image] .

#116510 04/08/04 02:20 PM
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Paul.. I'm assuming the T-slots were used for both 120/240V applications
[Linked Image from geocities.com]

It looks like even the regular NEMA 1-15's were dual voltage at a time!

[Linked Image from geocities.com]

I can only imagine the fun this must've been! "Before you stick it, Wiggy it!"

-Randy

PS... if the images don't show, right click & click "view image" then click back... Im in a whole new world trying to figure out this html stuff! [Linked Image]

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