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Mike Sokol

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Twisty Adapter
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:41:17 am »

One of my install guys found this and dropped it off for me. He said it looked dangerous. I told him that it had a combination of no ground, the blades were non polarized, and there was a sweep contact of unknown current carrying ability. Seem like an accident waiting to happen.

As Frank would say: "Not to Code".

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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 10:23:50 am »

One of my install guys found this and dropped it off for me. He said it looked dangerous. I told him that it had a combination of no ground, the blades were non polarized, and there was a sweep contact of unknown current carrying ability. Seem like an accident waiting to happen.

As Frank would say: "Not to Code".

Mike

I occasionally have a need for some "odd" electrical "thing" that fits a specific need.  I cannot even imagine a use for that thing.  The extreme low profile yes, but the swivel???
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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 10:52:57 am »

MAYBE to "fix" a problem where you have a piece of furniture pushed close to the wall, and there's not enough room for a standard plug to connect into the outlet- so here you can 'swivel' the outlets 90 so you can connect them.

Either way, it's UL-LISTED! Haha.

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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2017, 11:30:49 am »

MAYBE to "fix" a problem where you have a piece of furniture pushed close to the wall, and there's not enough room for a standard plug to connect into the outlet- so here you can 'swivel' the outlets 90 so you can connect them.

I kind of remember my parents having something like this behind their couch to plug in the floor lamps. That would be in the mid-60's which seems like the right era.
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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 12:04:41 pm »

From my experience with UL that will probably not burn down your house if used as intended.

Will it even accept modern 20wire plugs with a fat neutral pin?

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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 04:12:35 pm »

From my experience with UL that will probably not burn down your house if used as intended.

Will it even accept modern 20wire plugs with a fat neutral pin?

JR

Nothing a pair of snips won't fix.  I have a special extension cord that I use for Christmas lights to span unlighted areas.  A polarized plug won't fit in the lights 2x thin slots.
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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 05:05:55 pm »

MAYBE to "fix" a problem where you have a piece of furniture pushed close to the wall, and there's not enough room for a standard plug to connect into the outlet- so here you can 'swivel' the outlets 90 so you can connect them.

Either way, it's UL-LISTED! Haha.

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Ya, UL listed from 1955........
Agree with the reason for their existence. Plug in a couple of lights, when the outlet is behind a chest of drawers or a couch.
Back in the day when houses had 100 amp (or less) services.
An old friend of mine had a Hydro-Quebec installed interlock between the dryer and dishwasher. You could only use one at a time.

They now have 3 prong versions of basic ally the same thing.

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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 06:17:34 pm »

I have a suspicion that it is not an accident that that modern fat neutral plugs don't go into old skool fixtures.

JR
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Re: Twisty Adapter
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2017, 12:46:38 am »

Isn't that a cassette adapter so you can jump start your stereo?
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