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#1 SteampunkScientist

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 04:02 PM

The lowly light-bulb.   A real "edison" filimented light-bulb. 

 

They don't make these (much) anymore, but you don't think too much about the fact.  But they are relics now, but we wont think of them that way for another couple of decades.   They are much like vacuum tubes (and in fact are the simplest form of vacuum tube - just a filament).

 

So if you have a few of these still, you might want to save them for your great grand children - you know, the ones who will be "Jacked into the Net" as an example of a relic.

 

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 05:05 PM

I'll be sure and add one to the collection.

 

Here are some of my favorite relics:

Ceramic "wire nuts"

Ceramic switches and receptacle outlets

Knob and Tube insulators

I especially like the condulet cover which allows for the exit of individual conductors in a knob-and-tube wiring system. Just mind-blowing how casual older wiring methods were. ;)

I even have a roll of that old cloth tape like was laid over solder connections.

Looking for an original can of soldering flux

 

 

BTW these are all "real-world" finds. In other words, they were in service before I replaced them with newer technology. 

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 05:42 PM

Those non grounded 2 prong outlets - I still have them in my house

 

And this...

 

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 05:53 PM

These type ceramic electric fence insulators are all over the countryside around here.  They are a natural chillum, if you're ever caught short of a good pipe.   The other end is the bowl.

 

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 06:10 PM


Looking for an original can of soldering flux

 

For electrical?   For that, use resin core solder.   I have several cans of solder paste (flux) that is used for plumbing and things like radiators and copper box seams, but you don't use that on electrical, especially electronics, because it is corrosive. 


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 06:12 PM

The lowly light-bulb.

 

That's you big idea?



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Posted 16 December 2018 - 07:51 PM

My point was if you collect things that are relics before they are, well then you have something! Ha!
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:40 PM

Damn Steam, screw in glass fuses    :)   

 

You my friend, are in need of a new load center....  Think something in ITE


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:49 PM

 


Looking for an original can of soldering flux

 

For electrical?   For that, use resin core solder.   I have several cans of solder paste (flux) that is used for plumbing and things like radiators and copper box seams, but you don't use that on electrical, especially electronics, because it is corrosive. 

 

 

That's good to know. I didn't realize that they had resin core solder as far back as the early 1900's and always just assumed that they had to use flux. - Purely a presumption on my part with no fact checking involved. Thanks for the info. 

Funny, in all of the left-behind stuff I find, I've never found any solder. Lots of empty beer cans and cigarette packs - but no solder. lol

 

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I'm with Juthro. Treat yourself to a new load center. With all of that surface-mounted work, consolidation into a newer piece of equipment will be pretty darn easy. Plus you can add the latest safety and protection at the breaker panel pretty cheap. It would take less than a day to rebuild that with new - and you would have another antique for your (likely growing) pile of obsolete equipment. 


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:55 PM

The real question is: do you pronounce it "sodder" or "sol-der" ryming with colder.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 10:51 PM

Gennn U Whyne Anti Ques fer  shure

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 11:28 PM

Well, I don't know, Myc, about the electrical of the early 1900s, but I was taught that by my dad, the teevee repairman in the '50s, who had been a navy radioman since the '20s.   I have bought so many rolls of solder (sodder), at garage sales that I will never run out.  

 

What do I do about this body?  It's a relic now, but how much of a future could it have? 


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 08:00 AM

That load center will get replaced one of these days - I'm planning on getting a permanent generator eventually with auto switchover, and that will be the most likely time to do it. First I need to get the electric company over here to pull the meter so I can install a full power shut off switch - it doesn't even have that! But then, that was all put in in 1960.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 01:48 PM

If they haven't already put in a smart meter, you should not let them.


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 05:39 PM

Too late. Everything else on this house was made before Woodstock, but that meter is smart as a whip. Ah well...

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 12:51 PM

I use incandescent bulbs in fixtures under my sinks in some areas of the house to keep stuff from freezing when it get crazy cold ... it's getting harder to find replacements.  I bought a big box at the dollar store on the cheap.  Ironically, old style Edison bulbs are trendy these days & they're easy to find on alibaba for a few bucks a pop ...

 

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 01:05 AM

Those resistive wire pipe heaters put more heat right where it's needed.  



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Posted 30 December 2018 - 01:39 AM

neon signs    so much prettier than LED's garishness


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 07:03 AM

neon signs so much prettier than LED's garishness


And you gotta love anything that has a nice heavy 10 Kilovolt transformer in it!

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 07:10 PM

what do we do with the transformer?






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