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Old 08-01-2012, 07:58 PM   #16
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I'm undecided on the actual age of the device, but I'm so intrigued that someone modified the crap out of the old work box, yet reinstalled that device. Interesting as interesting gets.

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That device is not from the 60's, at least not in that nice looking condition. And no way would any one renovate and reinstall a device from the 60's... Lol..

there's only one coat of paint on the walls since the plate was installed. I've scoured google and i can't find anything that even looks close to that.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:32 AM   #18
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The house is about 35 years old. This device (and box) were installed after the house was built as:
1. Box is screwed at front, not like other electrical boxes in house nailed from sides.
2. It is too close to the floor (not by code).

Also it was closed by flat plate. I amd painting hall and was just wondering what the plate is this. It is totally useless so I will remove the box and patch the wall.
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eh.... if you have an outlet close enough, I'd just add another one there and avoid the repair!

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #20
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Are any of the punch-outs in the box missing even?

6 screw terminals is pretty consistent with the old, pre CAT-3 phone cable though.

From the length of the screws holding that plastic bit on, it would seem it was meant to be adjustable, so perhaps there was before some sort of faceplate to it.
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Telephone hard wired outlet. I worked as a telephone installer 1965 to 1968-installed many of them. This was the era before plug in telephones.
I have to agree.....looking at the color of the plastic.....

I'm still thinking that it was maybe hardwired to a medical monitor....

Most of the older style lines I have seen used the square box just screwed to your base moulding....

And I agree...it was installed after the fact....

I suspect it was a old recpt that got installed a few years later (how many guys have rummaged thru their stuff, found an old 'something' and said "Hey, I can use this")

To the OP...pull the box and look behind it....see if there is any old phone wire....

It's obvious that this is killing us to know...
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IT IS AN OLD TELEPHONE CONNECTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don't you believe it? I've seen them. I've worked on them. See post #14.
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IT IS AN OLD TELEPHONE CONNECTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don't you believe it? I've seen them. I've worked on them. See post #14.
Lol... Relax. Who the funk installs a old work box the way they did, yet installs that contraption??
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Telephone hard wired outlet. I worked as a telephone installer 1965 to 1968-installed many of them. This was the era before plug in telephones.
You are absolutely correct! I have installed hundreds of these before jacks became common.
We installed these in hospital rooms to discourage relocation of phones.
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One idea from my own home is I found a few similar sockets I am quite sure were for a HAM or CB radio setup because I found the footing for a large antenna tower next to the home... It was only 2 wires... Just a mono plug was my guess.
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That device is not from the 60's, at least not in that nice looking condition. And no way would any one renovate and reinstall a device from the 60's... Lol..
Read the prior notes. Its a telephone (inner house) inter-connect telephone jack. (Three outlets (only) allowed on a party line. 1950 - 60's.
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Lol... Relax. Who the funk installs a old work box the way they did, yet installs that contraption??
Doh...!
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IT IS AN OLD TELEPHONE
CONNECTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don't you believe
it? I've seen them. I've worked on them. See post
#14.
I believe you. Here is a picture of the complete
package which might look more familiar.
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Other giveaways include the tamper proof screws
and I can't tell for sure in OP fixture, pop
riveting the connector to the box was very common.
Prior to 1984 (earlier in some places) the phone
company owned everything including the wiring and
most phones. So they didn't want the occupants
tampering with their equipment.
There were blank circular covers which were
available from the phone company at a ridiculous
cost ($20 plus installation in 1978 dollars). DIY
discovered standard blank wall plates could be
used to cover the connector without having to
remove the tamper proof screws or pop rivets.
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Lol... Relax. Who the funk installs a old work box the way they did, yet installs that contraption??
Who cares? A box isn't even necessary for low voltage devices.
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Who cares? A box isn't even necessary for low voltage devices.
When we pre-wired a house during construction we did not install boxes, we would nail a single gang plaster ring directly to the stud.

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