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#151870 - 05/15/03 08:06 AM British 4-way adapter  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
I was prompted by the 4-way receptacle thread to take these pictures.

This is a British adapter of 1950s vintage which was intended to allow up to four non-grounding 5-amp plugs to be connected to a single 15A receptacle:
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
The white piece between the prongs of the plug side is a pull-out which holds a small cartridge fuse.

Like that American 4-way receptacle, this adapter could only be utilized fully if the flat-bodied plugs were used rather than round styles:
[Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 05-15-2003).]

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#151871 - 05/15/03 05:39 PM Re: British 4-way adapter  
SvenNYC  Offline
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Posts: 1,691
New York City
Seems like it's pretty easy with that thing to plug something across both hots or across both neutrals...the holes are in a perfect square [Linked Image]

#151872 - 05/18/03 05:18 AM Re: British 4-way adapter  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
Very nearly so, but the spacing between adjacent outlets is actually very slightly wider than that between the prongs of the plug.

In fact its just about the same as the spacing on a Euro/Schuko plug! The latter won't fit though, as this adapter is a "safety" type with shutters which need pressure on both hot and neutral sides in order to open.

#151873 - 07/10/04 06:01 AM Re: British 4-way adapter  
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Paul, I can't believe you tried all that!! [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

If hindsight were foresight, we'd all be millionaires!

#151874 - 07/10/04 12:42 PM Re: British 4-way adapter  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
You'd be surprised at the things I try when it comes to electrical stuff...... [Linked Image]

#151875 - 11/13/04 07:03 PM Re: British 4-way adapter  
pauluk  Offline
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Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
From SimonUK:
I took these photos of an old round pin adaptor thats still in everyday use at the farm where I keep all my vintage stuff.

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

#151876 - 11/25/04 09:42 AM Re: British 4-way adapter  
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Posts: 8,217
SI,New Zealand
What's that device to the left of the socket where the adaptor is plugged in?.

Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#151877 - 11/25/04 12:21 PM Re: British 4-way adapter  
John Steinke  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 518
Reno,Nv., USA
In the '60's, we in the 'states used four-pin phone connectors that look like they would have fit in there! Good thing no one carried their phone with them in those days

#151878 - 11/25/04 01:31 PM Re: British 4-way adapter  
SimonUK  Offline
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Posts: 50
Ayrshire, Scotland, UK.
Trumpy, Its an old contactor for a barley bruiser that hes long since been removed.

The contactor is dead but if you look at the farm pics on the 'photo's submitted for discussion' forum there's no way to be sure it'll remain that way.

Nobody is actually sure where the juice came from that fed the contactor [Linked Image]

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