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Duplex or Stacked? #2721 07/21/01 10:29 PM
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Got into a friendly argument with my service rep for my supplier, I called a device that has two switches in a single gang device a "Duplex Switch" and got laughed at...

He insisted that it was called a "stacked switch"

We're probably both right, but I love to argue as much as I love to be "correct"...

Which is it?

Go to http://doitbest.com/shop/product.asp?dept%Fid=1051&sku=503924 for ammo on my side of the argument...

And here: http://www.servicor.com/pdf/electrical.pdf where "stacked" would mean two duplex switches mounted one above the other...

[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 07-21-2001).]


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Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2722 07/21/01 10:46 PM
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I have always have called it a "stack" switch but I have heard others at the supply house refer it to a "duplex" switch so to help with your problem this means nothing other than you were right,you both are right...

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2723 07/22/01 10:07 AM
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Generically, stack switch.
Properly, combination device.

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2724 07/22/01 10:24 AM
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Duplex switch.(where I come from)
A device with 2 receptacle outlets is a duplex receptacle.
A device with 2 switches is a duplex switch.
A device with any combination of devices is a combination sw./rec. or combo. s.p. sw./ 3way sw. or combo. GFCI/sw., etc.
What about kits that allow field mounting different combinations of individual devices on a single strap? Stacked?

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2725 07/22/01 10:39 AM
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sparky Offline
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tomatoe...tomatta

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2726 07/22/01 11:20 AM
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'mater, that's how we say it here...

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Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2727 07/22/01 08:13 PM
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The ones that you add the devices (up to 3) to the mounting strap are called despard devices.

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2728 07/22/01 08:41 PM
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despard, i had forgotten about those.

Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2729 07/22/01 11:03 PM
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Despard? Oh! (why don't you come to your senses?)

Sorry! Bad pun...

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Re: Duplex or Stacked? #2730 07/22/01 11:10 PM
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My argument was that "Duplex" covers fit both the receptacles and the switches, "Decora" covers (or decorator) fit Decora switches and recepacles (and GFCI). Toggle Covers only fit toggle switches (the snap type... not "real" toggle switches that fit into a 3/8" hole, like from radio shack...)

I'm just glad to find out that I'm not the only one in the world calling them duplex switches!


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