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Old Stuff!! #152660
11/18/05 12:50 AM
11/18/05 12:50 AM
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I found these in an old electricians basement.

HCE727
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I found these in a garage from 1929, the were still in working condition!
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Re: Old Stuff!! #152661
11/18/05 09:48 AM
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What are the dates on sopme of this stuff? The Push-Matic breakers and Tap Lite boxes look typical 1960s styling.

Not sure about the wirenuts and insulated staples. Possibly a little earlier, although sometimes the same box designs lasted for years!

Re: Old Stuff!! #152662
11/18/05 10:25 AM
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What was that TAP-LIGHT switch used for?


Cliff
Re: Old Stuff!! #152663
11/19/05 06:59 PM
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Those "Tap-Lite" switches were quite the finishing touch in the modern contemporary home of the late 1950s/early 1960s. They are analoguous to the common toggle wall switch - push on, push off. I have a friend who has a number of these single and double gang devices in her house. The one shown here features a woodgrain cover which hides the 6/32" mounting screws.

My favorite is still the old 1910 era 2 button switch (with the real "mother of pearl" inset for the "on" button, and solid brass plate, of course [Linked Image].

Mike (mamills)

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Re: Old Stuff!! #152664
11/19/05 08:04 PM
11/19/05 08:04 PM
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Is Honeywell a US company?.
Reason I ask that is because a lot of Room Thermostats here are made by H/well.
I always thought they came from the UK.
BTW HCE727, that stuff is in pristine condition. [Linked Image]
Thanks for the pics, I could look at old stuff like this for hours. [Linked Image]

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Re: Old Stuff!! #152665
11/19/05 09:57 PM
11/19/05 09:57 PM
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You and me both, love that stuff! I have a couple of other things that I am going to post.


Hank
Re: Old Stuff!! #152666
11/20/05 12:41 AM
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My favorite is still the old 1910 era 2 button switch (with the real "mother of pearl" inset for the "on" button, and solid brass plate, of course.


I recently bought a 1957 Leviton catalog which included mother-of-pearl pushbutton switches. I'd bet these were old stock. I have a 1996 Leviton catalog listing t-slot receptacles, and T-rated switches, and other things they were probably trying to unload.

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211744
11/14/13 03:45 PM
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I am looking for the Honeywell tap-lites that you show in the above photo. My parents are selling their home and need to replace some of these. I need 4 two tap-lites switch plate covers and 1 four tap-lite switch plate. Do you know anyone that has some of these?

Please email me at tmweeks@carolina.rr.com

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211747
11/14/13 10:15 PM
11/14/13 10:15 PM
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Best suggestion I could offer is:
Get the exact dimension of the hole(s).
Contact Mulberry Metals via a google search.
They MAY have a plate available, or for the $$$ custom make them.

www.mulberrymetals.com

They are still in Union, NJ

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John
Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211763
11/15/13 12:31 PM
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I have made custom plates myself with a bench router or even a Dremel tool, starting with a blank cover or a toggle cover, depending on where the screw holes need to be.
You can always start with a clean sheet of brass too.


Greg Fretwell
Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: gfretwell] #211767
11/15/13 01:09 PM
11/15/13 01:09 PM
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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

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211771
11/15/13 03:42 PM
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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
Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211772
11/15/13 03:43 PM
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Greg:
Do you have a UL stamp for your 'custom plates'??

LMAO


John
Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211786
11/15/13 10:38 PM
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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.

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211787
11/15/13 10:42 PM
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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

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: HotLine1] #211793
11/16/13 01:59 AM
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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
Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211837
11/17/13 02:33 PM
11/17/13 02:33 PM
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And I hear there is a guy in Cambodia that gets .80cents
a sheet.



John
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