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Oh wait, no... They're actually in really good condition for being 50 years old.



Pretty cool.. I haven't seen this type of receptacle before, no screw terminals on them. House was built in the 60's.
 

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Where is the "failure"? Short of a bent to hell yoke?

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Sure, there are some that have a solid connection. Yesterday I came across one that was stab-locked and I left it like that. Tied in my circuit extension to the receptacles terminals, but left the feed how it was. Not all stab-locks come undone and some of the old ones are in fact a good, solid connection.
 

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Sure, there are some that have a solid connection. Yesterday I came across one that was stab-locked and I left it like that. Tied in my circuit extension to the receptacles terminals, but left the feed how it was. Not all stab-locks come undone and some of the old ones are in fact a good, solid connection.
Look at the country of manufacture, it's not a 100% trend, but when you do you will start to notice something.... old good one were made in ... or ...... blasted apart melted toasties where made in .... :whistling2:
 

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Look at the country of manufacture, it's not a 100% trend, but when you do you will start to notice something.... old good one were made in ... or ...... blasted apart melted toasties where made in .... :whistling2:
I would never stab lock any new devices but when it comes to old existing crap the less I touch the more profitable I become. :thumbsup:
 

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Personally I think the key to failures is whether the receptacle is connected in series or parallel. Doing a good splice and pig tailing to the receptacle keeps the total load and heat build up down.. preventing failures.

Just thought it was interesting to see receptacles with no screw terminals on them, only backstabs. 50+ years and other than being dirty, they look pretty damn good.
 

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50 years behind a couch never used? or carrying two light fixtures and a space heater regularly?
 

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I had a backstab failure last week I looked around and checked the first one that did not work. Then said I think I should check that one over there. He insisted that that receptacle did not need to be checked since it worked. It was behind an entertainment stand. I reached over and tapped on it and it sparked a little :eek:. Once he saw that he was more than willing to move stuff out of the way to let me change it :thumbup:.
 

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Just thought it was interesting to see receptacles with no screw terminals on them, only backstabs. 50+ years and other than being dirty, they look pretty damn good.
I installed them. Well probably not them but as an apprentice they were supplied for a job. No screws. That would be '69 or '70.

Building is not there now. :)
 

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That's wild, I don't cross much old stuff, and 60's is old for my area.. but it always seems to be done to a high standard. It could last 100 years easily.

Todays installs are terrible. Houses popped up as quick as can be, electrical done by unqualified apprentices or helpers by companies just trying to make a buck.. probably won't even last 25 years.

It's a shame, but you can really see where the trade is heading.. at least in residential.
 

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That's wild, I don't cross much old stuff, and 60's is old for my area.. but it always seems to be done to a high standard. It could last 100 years easily.

Todays installs are terrible. Houses popped up as quick as can be, electrical done by unqualified apprentices or helpers by companies just trying to make a buck.. probably won't even last 25 years.

It's a shame, but you can really see where the trade is heading.. at least in residential.
Yeah, but don't sweat it. There's plenty of money to be made being a competent electrician. Fixing old crap is 90% of my business and referrals for the time being seem endless.
 
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