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Pass & Seymour Mercury Switches

Pass & Seymour Mercury Switches

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I'm lucky to have a local antique mall that will sometimes sell stuff at ReStore prices...like this 10-pack of NOS P&S mercury switches (which are interestingly branded GE). They were in a large box of various other old (and mostly NOS) wiring devices. I also grabbed a used GE 3-way mercury switch and a NOS GE 20A traditional switch that's approaching the size of a GFCI! These switches will most likely get stored away until I have my own house, at which point they will get put to use.

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Manufacturer:GE for Pass & Seymour?
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Shape/Finish:Brown
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Voltage:120 V
Current:15 A
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Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:1950s?

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Mar 12, 2017 at 12:42 AM Author: ace100w120v
Very nice, I like it!
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Mar 12, 2017 at 03:38 PM Author: Lodge
They are so quite and almost feel like they are broken because there is no click when using them they are so smooth... nice find and they should last a lifetime not like the $0.99 junk made today...
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Aug 04, 2018 at 09:17 PM Author: streetlight98
I just removed one of these back in June at my great aunt's house. Only difference is its ivory color (and well used). These are cool because they only work installed upright because of the mercury droplet. Always found that cool. These and the hard "snap" switches are my favorites. These would be used in "living space" and I'd use the hard "snap" switches in the basement and garage.

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Aug 04, 2018 at 10:16 PM Author: Lumex120

I just removed one of these back in June at my great aunt's house. Only difference is its ivory color (and well used). These are cool because they only work installed upright because of the mercury droplet. Always found that cool. These and the hard "snap" switches are my favorites. These would be used in "living space" and I'd use the hard "snap" switches in the basement and garage.

My house has lots of those old Leviton snap switches. There are also a few of what I think are mercury switches like these since they make no noise.

Any machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.

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Aug 05, 2018 at 09:03 AM Author: streetlight98
Yeah mercury switches are silent and slide up and down very smoothly. Even with the cheap new switches you can faintly feel the springs and contacts inside. Mercury switches are just awesome! But of course mercury is bad and we should abandon its use and forget it exists altogether.

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