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Frank DeWitt

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New (old) Distro
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:49:50 pm »

Called a Bryant heater control #466  It has a nice input with strain relief, a switch (DPST) and two outputs.  One is two parallel blades and the other is a Edison socket  they are wired in parallel.

And, it is UL approved.

For looking At only.  Not for use. We are trained professionals, don't try this at home, or work or camp.



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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2015, 03:53:13 pm »

New old stock, Frank?  Looks very nice indeed.
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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2015, 04:09:13 pm »

New old stock, Frank?  Looks very nice indeed.

Yes,  NOS amazes me.  I just bought a NOS Edison screw base plug for a cord that will fit this both must be from the early 20s  Where have they been all this time?

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2015, 10:44:42 pm »

Very cool.  I don't see a problem with running power to it with a small lamp.  In many ways it looks safer than some of the modern plastic spring clip back wire devices we have now.
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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2015, 10:58:05 pm »

Very cool.  I don't see a problem with running power to it with a small lamp.  In many ways it looks safer than some of the modern plastic spring clip back wire devices we have now.

Very true.  I am sure I can melt most wiring devices with a 800 deg  soldering iron-the porcelain would melt somewhere around 2500 deg F apparently.  I am guessing that it would rare to melt it down generating noxious fumes.

The DPST switch ensures that the shell of the edison socket will be de-energized regardless of wiring polarity.

Obviously stored in a dry,protected place.

Certainly doesn't meet current code-but it might actually be safer! 
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2015, 04:20:40 pm »

Certainly doesn't meet current code-but it might actually be safer!

Why not? It's really no different than a table lamp with a convenience receptacle.

The only quibble I see is the form factor of the receptacle: the double-T slots are obsolete.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2015, 05:58:56 pm »

The only quibble I see is the form factor of the receptacle: the double-T slots are obsolete.

But that allows using old Hubbell plugs with the two blades in line 
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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2015, 06:12:29 pm »

Called a Bryant heater control #466  It has a nice input with strain relief, a switch (DPST) and two outputs.  One is two parallel blades and the other is a Edison socket  they are wired in parallel.
Are you sure they're ONLY in parallel? Does one switch position throw them into series? I've seen vintage gear that put accessories in series or parallel to reduce the power. For instance, IIRC Model T cars had a series parallel switch for the two headlights since these was no voltage regulator on the generator. You would flip the headlights into parallel mode with slow engine speed to brighten up the lights, but needed to put them in series mode when the engine RPM was high, lest you burn out the headlights from too much voltage. Of course, this was before a lead-acid battery was on board since there was no electric starter.
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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2015, 06:49:48 pm »

 
Why not? It's really no different than a table lamp with a convenience receptacle.

The only quibble I see is the form factor of the receptacle: the double-T slots are obsolete.

Actually, unless there are dimensional issues, the double to would allow NEMA 1-15, 1-20 , 2-15 and 2-20 all to plug in.  Since the  1- are 125 VAC and the 2- are 250 VAC you have a code violation since different voltages cannot use interchangeable configurations.

But that  is just a technicality as the usefulness of this device is exactly Frank's purpose-a historical curiosity.

Wouldn't have any ground loops for Mike to chase either....
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Re: New (old) Distro
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2015, 09:34:37 pm »

Are you sure they're ONLY in parallel? Does one switch position throw them into series? I've seen vintage gear that put accessories in series or parallel to reduce the power. For instance, IIRC Model T cars had a series parallel switch for the two headlights since these was no voltage regulator on the generator. You would flip the headlights into parallel mode with slow engine speed to brighten up the lights, but needed to put them in series mode when the engine RPM was high, lest you burn out the headlights from too much voltage. Of course, this was before a lead-acid battery was on board since there was no electric starter.

Yes,  Only Parallel, it seems odd, but that is the way it is.  BTW I have at least 4 examples of outlets that take both the inline Hubbell plug and the plug we know.  All four are laid out differently
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