mamills - that's crazy, I used to use a brick to set my iron on. At the time, it was all I could afford as I was 10 and it took me a months allowance just to get the iron, solder, and a few components. I just got the brick from the abandoned house next to mine.
I collect old electrical stuff. My favorite was when I volunteered for the city, we transformed an old office building into a haunted house. We basically demoed the whole thing. The city electrician decided to run a few circuits, all up high and out of the childnren's reach. We have exactly enough outlets, with extra ones in case we need, which are not hooked up.
I walked out of there with so many crazy and expensive things, like 20A 120V IG twist locks, old punchdown blocks for phones, about 70 feet of 50 conductor telephone cable, a buck-boost transformer, exit signs (though not cool ones like the one posted in Nostalgia), 50+ feet of plugmold, baseboard heaters, panic buttons, alarms, and a bunch of other odds and ends. It's all in excellent condition because the building was rewired a year or so before the business closed down, it was in the 1980's when it closed. I ended up selling some of the stock on ebay, but I kept a few twist-locks for some reason. I also kept all the plates, because they had the old plasic plates with a design, rather than just smooth like nowadays.
#124190 - 08/31/0604:04 PMRe: Old stuff from a yard sale
I used to do a giant haunted house in my front yard each halloween. I have a friend who would bring one of those silent diesel generators and put it in my backyard. we would then run 2 temporary 60 amp panels. one for the giant sound system, and one for lights and fog boilers. It was pretty cool.
That is a kellems grip on the one plug. The plug itself isn't in very good shape, but, those grips are pretty nice. I have them on most of the nicer power cables I use with my PA system. That stainless steel panel is labeled "alarm" and "simplex". It is actually a small 120 volt neon lamp.
As far as that Iron goes, its pretty much up for grabs. send an email to benwiersum at hotmail dot com and we'll talk.
[This message has been edited by napervillesoundtech (edited 08-31-2006).]
#124193 - 09/01/0603:04 PMRe: Old stuff from a yard sale
Seriously, mine is pretty similar, only it has a black rubber cord and a Europan plug. Bought it for close to nothing at a flea market (something like 50 cents IIRC). 85W... nice beast! Soldering #16 wire works like a charm.
And that Gem tap to the right... I know a guy who plugged something like that into two 3 way extension cords (#18 SPT-I) and left i on the carpet in his bed room... actually never caught fire or killed anyone...
#124195 - 09/01/0608:37 PMRe: Old stuff from a yard sale