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Wire Your Home Now! #152068 11/07/03 11:29 AM
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Re: Wire Your Home Now! #152069 11/07/03 12:41 PM
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Is this guy licenced for New York City???

I'll give him a call to see if he can re-do my flat!!! [Linked Image]

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Somebody's gotta ask: What cities at that time had 12th and Locust, along with Delmar and Grand Av.?

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Sounds like one of my Bosses quotes!!. [Linked Image]

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Would these outlets be actually Edison base sockets? I'm assuming this was the old way to do it because of the wording in the NEC "lampholders of the screw shell type shall be used only as lampholders", and I've seen very old appliances where the plug was a medium base edison.

Re: Wire Your Home Now! #152073 11/08/03 12:15 AM
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I've read that some places would just have a drop cord hanging in the middle of the room and you'd screw in a couple of plug clusters (screw-in Y-taps) to connect your light bulb and appliances. This was most likely turn-of-the-century stuff.

The Y-taps and other such adapters are still made and sold.

It's one thing to plug a fan and a light bulb into such a contraption...but imagine trying to run an electric refrigerator or freezer, plus the kitchen radio and a flat-iron like that... [Linked Image]

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This...thing....also comes to mind. The old (illegal) basement apartment I once lived in for a few months as a kid had one of these fixtures/lampholders (whatever you want to call them) in the separate boiler room.

The three-pin receptacle on the side, feeding a zip-cord extension cord, came in handy at times whenever I needed an extra power point. [Linked Image]

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Union Electric is out of St. Louis MO. We worked with them back in '96 when they came to Kansas City to help out after an early snow storm knocked out power to about 300,000 here.

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So St. Louis, Mo. it is then. Thanks.

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Quote:

I've read that some places would just have a drop cord hanging in the middle of the room and you'd screw in a couple of plug clusters (screw-in Y-taps) to connect your light bulb and appliances. This was most likely turn-of-the-century stuff.

That was actually the case until well into the 1920's. There were several designs of two-prong adaptors which would screw into an Edison base, all of which were mutually incompatible. The one which eventually evolved into our NEMA 1-15 was called a "Tachon", patented by Lester Haft in 1924 as a Christmas light connector. By the time the NEC outlawed the use of lampholders as receptacles (late '20s, I guess), the "Tachon" was the most common one that people had lying around. See the following link.
http://www.oldchristmaslights.com/tachons.htm

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