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tommyxv 07-05-2013 04:44 PM

Receptacles Made in USA
 
Does anyone know which brands are made in the USA?

J. V. 07-06-2013 11:09 AM

Not sure there are any?

wirenut1110 07-06-2013 12:24 PM

Leviton, Hubbell, and P & S claim they're made in the USA.

Probably assembled in the USA with China parts.

tommyxv 07-06-2013 01:00 PM

Thanks. I replaced all the old worn outlets (wouldn't hold plugs very well) on the first floor with P&S Legrand receptacles, but the ones we use for the vacuum are wearing out already. They don't hold the plug tight anymore.

I am getting ready to wire the mancave and was seeing if there were better options.

gregzoll 07-06-2013 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by tommyxv (Post 1212023)
Does anyone know which brands are made in the USA?

All name brands are made here in the U.S. still, but assembled in Mexico, Canada, China, etc, for some.

Remember just because it states made in the US of A, does not mean assembled in the states.

gregzoll 07-06-2013 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by tommyxv (Post 1212291)
Thanks. I replaced all the old worn outlets (wouldn't hold plugs very well) on the first floor with P&S Legrand receptacles, but the ones we use for the vacuum are wearing out already. They don't hold the plug tight anymore.

I am getting ready to wire the mancave and was seeing if there were better options.

Replace with a new outlet, either P&S or Leviton. Just because the outlet is not holding plugs, does not mean that it is junk. Most of us use Commercial grade outlets in those locations that get heavy use, vs. common residential outlets.

Commercial outlets will stand up to the abuse people put them through, by multiple plugging & unplugging devices.

Fairview 07-06-2013 01:48 PM

Compare the appliance spades of the new asian junk to the older prongs ( spades ) of the older USA made appliances and you may find the receptacle isn't the problem at all.

RWolff 07-06-2013 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by tommyxv (Post 1212023)
Does anyone know which brands are made in the USA?

None, almost everything is made in China, or some foreign country these days.
You go to the top brands like Leviton, nowhere does their site say anything liek "proudly made in the USA" but it says "sales in 80 countries" which means the USA is only 1/80th

Ditto for Cutler-Hammer/Eaton corp- big international sales, the USA is only one small part of the total, they have offices etc in other countries, you can bet like the others they have their manufacturing plants where the cheapest labor and costs are.

No doubt you'll find all the rest of the brand names you see at the hardware store are about the same story.

If you ever find antique outlets and things you'll find a huge difference in how they used to make them with porcellain bodies instead of cheap plastic, even the boxes were thicker steel.
Now you go to the hardware store and there's these $1.29 plastic switches and outlets... even the so called "commercial grade" ones aren't as well made as the old stuff.

tommyxv 07-06-2013 03:21 PM

My house is 40 years old and the ones I replaced on the 1st floor all looked original. They definitely lasted a long time. They looked like they were made better and felt heavier then the ones I replaced them with.

I'll check out those commercial spec ones for outlets that get used often. Maybe I will grab a contractor pak for the basement. I'm doing a HT room, Poker room, full bathroom, wet bar, and office. All the wall are up and now it's wiring time.

RWolff 07-06-2013 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by tommyxv (Post 1212360)
My house is 40 years old and the ones I replaced on the 1st floor all looked original. They definitely lasted a long time. They looked like they were made better and felt heavier then the ones I replaced them with.

You'll never find any that will last that long or made that well again, those made 40 years ago were made here in the USA and before most people even knew where China WAS!

gregzoll 07-06-2013 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by RWolff

You'll never find any that will last that long or made that well again, those made 40 years ago were made here in the USA and before most people even knew where China WAS!

Even forty years ago, we were having stuff assembled or parts manufactured in foreign countries, but not like todays.

You can tahnk the Wal-mart effect, along with Nafta and Trans-Pacific trade agrement.

Red Squirrel 07-06-2013 05:07 PM

I looked at a box of Leviton outlets I got here and it says Made in USA.

Of course that is always to be taken with a grain of salt.

md2lgyk 07-06-2013 05:45 PM

I don't understand. I have owned ten houses in the past 40 years and have never, not even once, had to replace a receptacle because it was worn out. What are people doing that theirs wear out??

gregzoll 07-06-2013 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by md2lgyk
I don't understand. I have owned ten houses in the past 40 years and have never, not even once, had to replace a receptacle because it was worn out. What are people doing that theirs wear out??

Pluggin and unplugging stuff, by yanking on the cords, or pushing down or pulling up on stuff, when removing from the outlet.

We mainly use power strips in my house, so if anything is going to wear out, it will be the strip.

electures 07-06-2013 09:23 PM

Try using commercial grade devices. They will last longer.


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