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    I'm having trouble determining the origin of this wiring masterpiece. I'm thinking......

    (a) - 1970's high school science fair project
    (b) - prop leftover from the spy spoof series "Get Smart"

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    So, I guess it was powered up when you got there, cause I know the YOU did not switch it on. Did you?

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    It is a fused power supply for a workshop, probably radio and TV repair in the basement, long before 1970 would be my guess. He could kill power to the chassis by flipping a switch instead of pulling the plug every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post

    He could kill power to the chassis by flipping a switch
    instead of pulling the plug every time.
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    Or Himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    So, I guess it was powered up when you got there, cause I know the YOU did not switch it on. Did you?
    Of course I did. I had to see what it did and what it controlled.

    There was also a circuit breaker subpanel that was being used as the ON/OFF switches for general lighting in the basement. No actual switches. You had to flick the breakers to the ON position to turn the lights on.

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    "Duck & Cover" probably before your time. 50s DIY.Basement fall out shelter, set up to use (EGAD! cords with twin cap sets!) to power up via generator.Throw a little CD (civil defense) and HAM (amature radio) in for good measure, after the HoH (head of household) had tinkered with more than a few Popular Science mail order projects and a Heath Kit or two, and declared himself an engineer (with a purpose).Early 50s, with older pre-existing wiring. Maybe 60s to early 70s tweaking by a HAM with "Field Day" hobbiest tenor and frightful.Sheltering out a "goof" during the cold war, but not an all out blitz. We gave up on those intermediate fall-out shelters after the "Bay of Pigs"; A-bomb to H-bomb finally 'sunk in' that a shelter wouldn't make a hill of beans difference if there wasn't an atmosphere left.If an H-bomb went off philly was toast (prox to DC) so there was no point.Creative switchboard. Write the crap out of it.


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    I got it, thats the original bilge pump wiring for the Titanic. How did you recover it?


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    Tell me more about the bear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egbert Jager View Post
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    Tell me more about the bear!
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    I don't think He Made It.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
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    I don't think He Made It.
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    I set myself up for that one.

    Got any details about where, when, what he was chewing on.... web links?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egbert Jager View Post

    Got any details about where, when, what he was chewing on.... web links?
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    Oh That . . snopes.com: Electrocuted Bear
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    Last edited by Billy Stephens; 11-09-2011 at 08:44 PM.
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