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#153310 - 10/30/06 07:53 PM Box of Goodies  
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Found all these items in a box, paid $2.00 for them all.

Two T-slot outlets
Cutler-Hammer mini Disconnect (single pole Edison fuse)
Porcelain insulator
Edison to Mogul socket adaptor
Edison to standard plug adaptor
Edison socket extender
Two 3 socket taps (both not polarized)
Despard bar (Contains a two pole switch, and the lens for a pilot light. The light assembly was missing)
Some weird center-off momentary rocker switch (GE made)
Pigtail socket
TV Antenna connector

The black/brown outlet is odd, in that the mounting tabs are near the BACK of the outlet rather than up at the front. mounting this in a standard box would cause it to stick out and expose the wiring terminals. It appears to have been factory made like this. Where would this be used?

A DMM test of the despard switch indicates that it may have bad contacts inside. one pair of contacts registered at 34 ohms, while the other returned 22 ohms.

I do not have a plug for the TV antenna plate.



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#153311 - 10/30/06 10:34 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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That GE momentary switch is one that is used with low voltage switching, whereby the swich sends a momentary pulse to an "on" or "off" coil in a latching relay somewhere to control lighting usually.. Used to be popular in big buildings and institutions etc.
A.D


#153312 - 10/30/06 10:41 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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I went looking for a TV Antenna Jack that was in my obsolete bin
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#153313 - 11/01/06 02:20 AM Re: Box of Goodies  
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I might have that plug. I think that it is actually a radio antenna connection. Two leads to an aerial and one to a ground connection.


#153314 - 11/01/06 09:33 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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I might also have a couple of those plugs.. they were sold by Radio Shack for twinlead tv antennas.. I don't remember if there was any connection to the center pin.


#153315 - 11/30/06 01:41 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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Some ham radio operators use them for crystal holders in their sets.

I helped a friend track some down a month ago....

I'm a sucker for those 3-socket T taps. Have a couple at home (don't use them, though).


#153316 - 12/03/06 08:57 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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Rewired,

Glad you mentioned that GE remote-control system. I'm not an electrician, but have always been curious about what became of it. It seemed to be heavily promoted for a while, even for residential applications.

For those not familiar with the system, the relays were designed to snap into a 1/2" KO so that the cylindrical coil and its pigtail leads was outside the box, and the square head containing the contacts was inside. The relays could also be gang-mounted in a box with a partition.

In addition to the momentary-contact switch shown, there were also manual and motor-driven rotary selector switches for controlling multiple circuits.

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That GE momentary switch is one that is used with low voltage switching, whereby the swich sends a momentary pulse to an "on" or "off" coil in a latching relay somewhere to control lighting usually.. Used to be popular in big buildings and institutions etc.



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#153317 - 12/14/06 02:50 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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I've worked on several of these low voltage switching installations. All of them in residental applications and "Touch Plate" was the manufacturer. Worse thing in my opinion is the relay enclosure's are way to small and always in the attic. Also, no replacement parts are available locally.


#153318 - 12/14/06 05:57 PM Re: Box of Goodies  
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Check out the Douglas L.V switching systems.. Makes that 3-wire stuff look ancient.. Like I mentioned it was popular in bigger buildings and I have only seen it installed in a house ONCE, But that doughas stuff, seems pretty cool and I just installed a bit in a residence to control some outdoor lighting all over this person's property... Very nice stuff to work with albeit a bit $$.
A.D


#198733 - 02/02/11 04:33 PM Re: Box of Goodies [Re: electure]  
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I have one of those ivory triple taps and still use it today. If you wiggle each half with some force you can take it apart to tension the contacts.


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