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Electricity is good for you!



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  1. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman January 22, 2011

    the one victorian house at  the historical district where I work, was the first in town with electricity, and all the wiring was exposed and painted gold.  i think according to the history of the place, one of the visitors to the couple that lived there managed to get a nasty shock before they figured it was safer to cover up the wiring.

    but the bathroom still had exposed wiring until 1950…

  2. Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein January 22, 2011

    ::his eye began to twitch, grimacing as that long hair seemed to stand on end some:: Horrible.. Horrible..! HORRIBLE MAD ELECTRIC MACHINES!

  3. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska January 22, 2011

    My house is rather old, and the materials used by the German gentleman who built it even older. Every remove and replace project involves dealing with primative electrics, the wires are wrapped with cloth in some places! And the wiring schemes would tax Dr Gauss himself!

  4. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires January 28, 2011

    Cloth wire wrapping was pretty common at least until the 50’s. My old house had it. They did at least, use good copper (whearas, say, mobile homes even into the 70’s used aluminum wiring wherever they could get away with it, and they could get away with it wherever.)

    I used to occasionally refurb old pre 60’s radios and you’ll see some cloth isulation on those wires, where it isn’t simply bare. The biggest problem with the old radios is the oil-and-paper capacitors are all shot by now, and have to be replaced with modern components. If you know where to look, you can usually find bacuum tubes. The old vernier dials are another problem. If they are beyond repair, they can’t be replaced. I digres. I love the old point-to-point wiring. It just makes more sense to me than circuit boards. Always has Electronics should glow. I got my first really good jolt of electricity as a kid when my hand crossed a pair of 6lq6 tubes, and then a couple of weeks later when I tried to make my own jacob’s ladder.. ah memory.

    Knox and tube wiring (with the ceramic isolator posts) went out in the 30’s.  It’s amazing how many people didn’t die back then.

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