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Odd Outlet #153137
05/02/06 11:03 AM
05/02/06 11:03 AM
Admin  Offline
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Can someone please help w/this outlet? I saw this in a home that built somewhere around the mid-seventies. Has anyone ever seen this before? If so, can you please give me information about it? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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Re: Odd Outlet #153138
05/02/06 12:29 PM
05/02/06 12:29 PM
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
Hi Jack.
There's not really anything too strange about this receptacle. It's made (or was made) by General Electric in the late 50s/early 60's, it's obviously only a two-wire model (with both slots being the same size, which prevents use of newer plugs with a slightly larger neutral), and you could connect four items at the same time, if the plugs were all a flat type.

I have a couple of these in my collection, just more as an oddity than anything else.

Mike (mamills)

Re: Odd Outlet #153139
05/03/06 05:25 AM
05/03/06 05:25 AM
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Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,236
SI,New Zealand
Is that adjacent switch anything to do with the recepts?, or does it control another (lighting) circuit?.

Re: Odd Outlet #153140
05/03/06 09:40 AM
05/03/06 09:40 AM
mamills  Offline
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Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
The switch looks like an ordinary "quiet-type" single pole or three-way light switch available today (a separate device), mounted on a two-gang plaster ring or a two-gang box, along with the receptacle. It could be wired to control power to the receptacle, or, more likely, to control a light fixture somewhere nearby....leaving the receptacle hot all the time.

I saw a house one time that was wired by someone who apparently had a problem with bending down to reach electric receptacles near the floor. Every receptacle in the house was installed about 52 inches above the floor, and at the location of each light switch, there was a switch/receptacle pair like that above.

Mike (mamills)

Re: Odd Outlet #153141
05/05/06 08:45 PM
05/05/06 08:45 PM
cpalm1  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 66
a friend of mine has a few of those style outlets in his house. with modern appliances they are not of much use because the cord caps are so big you cant fit two plugs that close together.

Re: Odd Outlet #153142
05/06/06 12:29 PM
05/06/06 12:29 PM
JoeTestingEngr  Offline
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 791
Chicago, Il.
It looks polarized to me, the right blade being the larger neutral. I had never seen one of those before.


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