If you dont like steel wiremold, how about wood wire mold (The original wire molding)I hate Wiremold, I prefer to strap romex around the walls of a room.
Not a joke, it is used often there due to the panel type construction of many original style homes.Yes, I know when and how it was used. I even have a display of it in use. I was trying to find out why it is still sold in every lumber store in Hawaii. Perhaps it was a joke I didn't get?
Coleman camping fuel is basically the same.Fault Current, you can buy White Gas at most any service station in the US.
White gas meant it did not contain lead. Leaded gasoline had an orange color to it. Amoco and Mobile had white (unleaded) premium back in the 50s 60s. Now, every company has unleaded! Regular will do fine.
White gas = kerosene.I still have all the tools. Soldering coppers, ladles, dippers, blowtorch with hook for coppers and the melting pot. Not sure if they still work, where the hell do I buy white gas?
Ceiling splices you could leave the bare splices pointed down, with rosin flux applied. Then heat up the lead in the pot and fill your little ladle. Take the little dipping ladle around and dip all the splices. Same for any wall boxes that you could access. For all the rest, heat up the copper suspended in front of the blowtorch, and hit as many as you could before it cooled off.
Never, never forget to preheat all your ladles and the pot before dipping the ladle. The ladle will absorb water, so will the pot, and and if you put the cold ladle in the molten lead it will explode, blowing molten lead all to hell. Good way to burn the hell out of you.
Splicing 500 MCM you would sister the wires and serve them up with some solid #12. Then heat the splice and add the solder, not wire solder but lead soldering bars. Haven't seen a soldering bar for ages come to think of it.
Then it was get out the varnished cambric, rubber tape, putty, and mummify the splice. Wrap with that damn friction tape and you are done. Cheaper than kearney's at the time. But then a man's time was not worth much and materials were expensive, now it's the other way around.
I remember Electrical shop class in Junior High School. Would have been late 60's and this is exactly how they taught us. I think we used rosin core solder and electrical soldering iron or gun.There was some talk about Western Union splices in a recent thread, something a lot of people never heard of now.
I was looking for an image file I had of a poster with a bunch of old school splices illustrated, I like reading about that stuff. I'll use it in a pinch with speaker wire, low voltage lighting, and other stuff.
I did not find that poster but did find a picture of a splice I don't remember seeing before, a three wire variation of the Western Union splice
You basically just twist a short piece of wire in with the spliced wires and make a Western Union splice. I tried it with some scrap, it does clearly make a stronger splice. I'll probably use this in the future with small low voltage wires, splicing 18 gauge or smaller, to make a more durable connection.