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Old 02-07-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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I saw this last week during a walk through for a prospective client. I wanted to remove the cover and check it out but haven't got the job yet. Have any if you guys seen one before? The client claims the home was built in the '40s.



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The term for those are "despard" receptacles. They made switches as well. Never have seen a 4" round cover for them though. Switches and receptacles were mounted on a yoke and then the appropriate plate used to trim it off. You could stack them up to 3 high on a yoke.
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What's so unique about an ungrounded duplex?
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Its a nema 1-15R
Outlet itself not unusual
But cover panel is not common
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The term for those are "despard" receptacles. They made switches as well. Never have seen a 4" round cover for them though. Switches and receptacles were mounted on a yoke and then the appropriate plate used to trim it off. You could stack them up to 3 high on a yoke.

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What's so unique about an ungrounded duplex?
The fact that is wasn't a standard duplex receptacle. The mounting screws for the cover were beside the receptacles instead of above and below. I had not seen a despard device before.
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The fact that is wasn't a standard duplex receptacle. The mounting screws for the cover were beside the receptacles instead of above and below. I had not seen a despard device before.
I never saw despard devices mounted that way either and I did a lot of work in older homes.
It seems to be a lot of work to go through, for a garden variety duplex receptacle.
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....... I had not seen a despard device before.
Take your pick.
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They used them alot in panelized office spaces in an open warehouse. They were in the channels between panels with a snap over strip. They were fun.
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Despard times call for despard devices.
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Despard times call for despard devices.
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Isn't there a song about these? Something about riding fences and coming to your senses?
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What's so unique about an ungrounded duplex?
Not everyone has seen it all and done it all like you have.
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Not everyone has seen it all and done it all like you have.
480 is ahead of the curve. He's already installing two wire tamper resistant despard receptacles.
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480 is ahead of the curve. He's alread installing two wire despard receptacles.
But dammit..... I can't find 'em in TR.
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But dammit..... I can't find 'em in TR.
Don't worry, I'm in Indiana, TR are not required anyway.
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Don't worry, I'm in Indiana, TR are not required anyway.
But I ain't in Indiana. 'Cuz Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there.........
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But dammit..... I can't find 'em in TR.
Not required here in mass...
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Not required here in communist mass...

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480 is ahead of the curve. He's already installing two wire tamper resistant despard receptacles.
When God said, "Let there be light!", he turned on a switch I wired. Fact is, I wired the factory God used to create the universe.
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