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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 11:43 am
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Don Fenton
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Here is a neat idea I thought of to display our early fans and how they were plugged in. I'm sure others have similar displays, but I liked the idea of a nice ceiling mounted porcelain fixture mounted on a block of wood. Adds some beauty to these already beautiful fans and shows the folks how it was done way back when. The block is hollowed out and a cord runs out the back and can be plugged into a receptacle in the wall, so you can turn the fan on with the switch on the fan or by pulling the pull chain on the fixture.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 01:19 pm
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Nice. I am stealing that Idea.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 01:50 pm
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A two socket Benjamin cluster works well too. One for the fan one for a bulb.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 02:03 pm
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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 04:45 pm
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Don Fenton wrote: Here is a neat idea I thought of to display our early fans and how they were plugged in. I'm sure others have similar displays.    Don
Yup.  I went to Hobby Lobby years ago and bought those bass wood plaques as is next to the cakes above for a couple of bucks. A little stain, varnish, and some flea market electrical hardware and Shazzaam. :clap:  :D

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 05:12 pm
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Don Fenton
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Russ Huber wrote: Don Fenton wrote: Here is a neat idea I thought of to display our early fans and how they were plugged in. I'm sure others have similar displays.    Don
Yup.  I went to Hobby Lobby years ago and bought those bass wood plaques as is next to the cakes above for a couple of bucks. A little stain, varnish, and some flea market electrical hardware and Shazzaam. :clap:  :D
  Russ, you just sparked my brain on another thought......I have some old wainscot I can glue to a mounting block to attach another porcelain fixture similar to the one I used, to give it an authentic look, like being affixed to an old ceiling.  :light:

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I have always wanted to set up an antique style surface mount wiring near my fans.  These photos I took in the old Fourth Ward School in Virginia City, NV.   If you can't find some old cleats you can make some from walnut.  Note that the forum has rotated some of my photos- the second and last ones.









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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 12:40 am
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My first house had some old knob and tube wiring which predated bx cable. It’s very safe wiring!

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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 12:44 am
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What I posted predates the knob & tube and it all exposed and surface mounted.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 01:18 am
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We still have our 1928 knob and tube wiring in great shape. No need to replace it.

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I was working in a c1930s? house with knob & tube.   In the basement/garage area I encountered a joint or splice in the wiring that was pretty warm from a bad wrapped connection.   Got an electrician to fix that.   I could have but didn't want the liability in case there later was a problem.  Nothing wrong with properly installed knob & tube.

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Nice work Don.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 12:11 pm
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Bobby Gaines
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Great looking set up!

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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 12:47 pm
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I have a variety of surface mount porcelain electrical parts, most NOS, if anyone wants to buy some. Bulb sockets, switches, outlets, cleats, switch risers, etc. 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 26th, 2019 06:19 pm
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I am thinking of painting these and installing them up high for my wall-mounted fans, Controlled by Variacs mounted down lower behind the wall. Any idea what vintage they would be?



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 Posted: Mon Aug 26th, 2019 07:01 pm
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My guess is 1930’s or 1940’s 
I have some interesting porcelain ceiling sockets that are designed to be daisy-chained. 

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