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#211767 - 11/15/13 02:09 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: gfretwell]  
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A funny thing guys,
I was looking at that picture of that box of cable staples.
When I first started my time as an electrician, we had an area upstairs at work called "The Museum", most of it had stuff that we only used once in a while, but there was an area, that had stuff that was so out-dated it never got used,
there was boxes and boxes of really old stuff from the 30's, the war years and the 50's.
In amongst this stuff, I swear there was at least two boxes of these same insulated staples, back in the days when electricity was first put into houses over here, you had 2 single conductors, varnished cambric tinned copper wire was used and it was stapled along the timber framing in the house.
So simple, but you didn't need a lot back then, having lights in your house, would have been a heap better than the old gas lamps (if you could get them), it just meant you had more visitors at night, coming to see this new- fangled lighting.
One other thing we had upstairs was an old knife type 2 pole main switch rated at 80A per pole, it looked like something out of a Frankenstein movie, I kick myself for not getting a photo of that. frown


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#211771 - 11/15/13 04:42 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin]  
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Trumpy:
Look closely at the staple box, and see the 2 conductor lamp cord (zip cord)! Also, these staples came in a few colors, brown, white, etc.

A common use was to make 'outlets' in rooms where there were none, or just one, using two wire lamp cord (zip cord)

2 wire outlets (raised plastic) were mounted on the baseboard, wired with zip cord, around the room, and a 2 wire cord cap was attached and plugged into the receptacle.

A lot was also done from room to room, thru walls, around door jambs, etc.

We referred to this as 'fuses', like what you light to set off a firecracker.

I have not seen any of this stuff in many years, but it was readily available at the corner hardware store, or in the 'electrical aisle' of the five & dime.

Leviton and Eagle were the major mfg.

BTW, Honeywell is a major worldwide company!


John

#211772 - 11/15/13 04:43 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin]  
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Greg:
Do you have a UL stamp for your 'custom plates'??

LMAO


John

#211786 - 11/15/13 11:38 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin]  
harold endean  Offline
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There was an old catalog that I used to get from a company called Rejuvenations. They had the old electrical switches and things in there. Here by me, the houses are between 50-200 years old and some of them still have the old knob and tube wiring and switches, etc. So my customers could still replace their old switches with new modern ones that looked old. Try going to this location:

http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/categories/hardware/switchplates-switches

See if they have what you need.


#211787 - 11/15/13 11:42 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin]  
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This site also has another old style that was popular around here it was called the Remcon Relay system. You would install the little relay in the box which fed you light and you ran a small low voltage wire down to the switch. It was momentary on/off to get your light to work. The best thing about this system, was that you could run 3, 5 ,6 or 8 switches down by your front door and you could use it as a master switch to turn on outside lights, garage lights, front door lights, and walkway lights all from the front door.

Here is some of their equipment:

http://www.tequipment.net/RemconR-115S-5Pack.html


#211793 - 11/16/13 02:59 AM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: HotLine1]  
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Originally Posted by HotLine1
Greg:
Do you have a UL stamp for your 'custom plates'??

LMAO


Sure, there is a guy in China that sells the UL stickers for a dollar a sheet. wink


Greg Fretwell

#211837 - 11/17/13 03:33 PM Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin]  
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And I hear there is a guy in Cambodia that gets .80cents
a sheet.



John

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