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Old 02-22-2008, 08:11 PM
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Odd vintage wall outlet, have any ideas?

Guys, my son changed this wall outlet out of his girl friends house. I have never seen anything like it nor had the "old timer" at the hardware store. Any ideas? Maybe something from another region or something?

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Haven't got a clue, but how the heck old is that house?!!! I guess the good side is that it has numbers and not Roman numerals.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:31 PM
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I think he said it was 50 years old. My house is 60 years old and I believe all the wiring and outlets are original and it doesn't have them. A couple of switches that are pretty odd, but the outlets are normal.

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I've rehabbed a lot of old houses and apartment buildings...and I've never seen one like it.
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Is is set up for ground wires in the middle? It looks like it could be a dual set-up for different type of plug-in, I'm just guessing here. I'm going to try to print a pic and ask a few friends, this is interesting. Dan
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Anybody know of a good "home rehab" forum on the web? Some of the folks on there might have run into an outlet like this.
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Try this

We may have a winner:
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Right on! THANKS! Very interesting.

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Never saw anything like it here in the Ohio lands either.
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What it looks like is that there were many different configurations for these outlets and plugs in the early days. From that wiki article the "NEMA 1-15" became the standard..the "VHS" if you will. While the "NEMA 2-15" was the "Beta" and faded away. This outlet would accept either 1-15 or 2-15.

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I find this site pretty good for home reno type advise. some pretty smart guys on there. http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/
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Nice find! My house had the T slot style when I first bought it as a rental years ago. I never made the connection until you posted that.
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I've been rather quiet here recently due to work, life, and other issues in general. Glad to help out!
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Never saw anything like it here in the Ohio lands either.
My buddy had one ike that in his house. His basement has a kitchenette in it and he had one of those plugs under the cabinet. He thought it was for some special appliance. The funny thing is that he asked every electrician he could and also an electrical supply company and not a single person had any idea. I'll have to show him this.

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