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Rare dimmer switches in my grandparents' house

Rare dimmer switches in my grandparents' house

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These just use the toggle as the dimmer and feel like a mercury switch to operate. I think they are made by Eagle.

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Aug 26, 2019 at 04:37 PM Author: Fluorescent05
The one on the right is a 3 way switch.

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Aug 26, 2019 at 04:58 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Seen one of these at the restore. Should I pick it up?

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Definitely!

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Aug 26, 2019 at 05:25 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Seen one of these at the restore. Should I pick it up?

Did you find a 3 way or single pole one? It would be a good score to find either.

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Aug 26, 2019 at 05:43 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
I believe it was a three way.

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I believe it was a three way.

Those are rarer than the single pole versions. Can you post a picture of it when you get it?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 03:09 PM Author: nicksfans
Ace Hardware was still selling these under their own brand about 10 years ago, and they may still be doing so.

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Ace Hardware was still selling these under their own brand about 10 years ago, and they may still be doing so.

Did they look like a normal light switch?

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Leviton 6641 appears to be recently discontinued, but still widely available. There's a couple dozen new ones on eBay and about 18 left on Amazon
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.ug. mis-matched switches.

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.ug. mis-matched switches.

The far left and far right are the dimmer switches and the middle is just a normal switch for the fan.

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@Fluorescent05:
They're different colors...and the 2 dimmers don't even match each other.
LOL , I'm being OCD-ish but non-matched switches bug me. If it was mine, I'd have to change 'em out so all were the same color & both dimmers were the same style..

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@Fluorescent05:
They're different colors...and the 2 dimmers don't even match each other.
LOL, I'm being OCD-ish but non-matched switches bug me. If it was mine, I'd have to change 'em out so all were the same color & both dimmers were the same style...

That's me too! My school has mismatched plate/device combos (ie. white plate on an ivory device) as well as small toggle switches next to big ones. Both of those drive me crazy! I can give them new plates but not switches (too expensive for me right now).

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I have an electrician friend who gets really serious about "soldiering" his plate screws!
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@takemorepills:
I line up the coverplate screws too

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@ takemorepills: That's every electrician. One of the first things they teach you is the plate screws always go with the slots vertically. Makes for a neat and professional appearance.

@ fluorescent05: I've removed a few of these switches at work. Personally though they were rather cheesy so I never thought to keep any of them. If you're interested in used ones I will save ones I find in decent condition.

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@ takemorepills: That's every electrician. One of the first things they teach you is the plate screws always go with the slots vertically. Makes for a neat and professional appearance.

@ fluorescent05: I've removed a few of these switches at work. Personally though they were rather cheesy so I never thought to keep any of them. If you're interested in used ones I will save ones I find in decent condition.

Who are they made by?

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I have no idea. Didn't pay much attention to them when I removed them. They were ivory though (which is why they were removed; kitchen was remodeled and customer wanted white devices) and were replaced with new resi-grade P&S white single poles.

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I have no idea. Didn't pay much attention to them when I removed them. They were ivory though (which is why they were removed; kitchen was remodeled and customer wanted white devices) and were replaced with new resi-grade P&S white single poles.

How would I get them?

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I meant that if I come across any more I can save them for you. The ones I already removed are long gone unfortunately.

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Aug 31, 2019 at 08:33 PM Author: Fluorescent05

I meant that if I come across any more I can save them for you. The ones I already removed are long gone unfortunately.

How would you get the ones you would save in the future to me?

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If they get removed on jobs. The likelihood is low that I'll come across these but if I do I'll keep you in mind, as I have no interest in dimmers myself, and I'd rather see them enjoyed by someone than thrown in the garbage. That's of course if the switch is in good shape. A lot of switches I remove are not.

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If they get removed on jobs. The likelihood is low that I'll come across these but if I do I'll keep you in mind, as I have no interest in dimmers myself, and I'd rather see them enjoyed by someone than thrown in the garbage. That's of course if the switch is in good shape. A lot of switches I remove are not.

Wouldn't you have to ship them to me if you find any more?

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Yeah. Unless you wanted to come pick them up.

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I like the toggle dimmers. Use them in my house. Replaced some old rotary that were decades old and "scratchy".
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I like the toggle dimmers with the little slide thing beside the toggle. Dont care for the rotary ones.

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Yeah. Unless you wanted to come pick them up.

I'd have to ask my parents first.

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Did they look like a normal light switch?

Yes, and they were Cooper brand IIRC.

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Yeah. Unless you wanted to come pick them up.

If you end up finding more, I would trade one Circle F double pole porcelain backed switch for one of them, a brown mercury switch, and a single pole Circle F snap switch. Is this a fair trade?

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Yeah sounds good to me. I dont think it's likely I'll come across more but you never know. Almost all my work since spring has been new construction. I'm wiring a 48 unit apartment complex so I havent been doing anything but running wires and installing boxes since June!

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Yeah sounds good to me. I dont think it's likely I'll come across more but you never know. Almost all my work since spring has been new construction. I'm wiring a 48 unit apartment complex so I havent been doing anything but running wires and installing boxes since June!

What will the apartments have for switches, receptacles, and lights?

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I'm not sure on the lights but we install white Pass and Seymour devices. Once in awhile we get leviton, probably because the other supply house has a sale on them. I dont know if it will be decora or standard though. Probably standard.

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I'm not sure on the lights but we install white Pass and Seymour devices. Once in awhile we get leviton, probably because the other supply house has a sale on them. I dont know if it will be decora or standard though. Probably standard.

When you install decora switches, do you install decora receptacles or just duplex ones?

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Decora plugs and switches. Plugs that are hidden (behind fridge and other large appliances, inside cabinets, outdoor plugs) get regular plugs.

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Decora plugs and switches. Plugs that are hidden (behind fridge and other large appliances, inside cabinets, outdoor plugs) get regular plugs.

Don't the outdoor plugs have to be GFCI?

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They have to be gfci protected, not necessarily gfci plugs. Weatherproof gfcis are like 30 bucks each so its cheaper for us to put a gfci plug next to the panel on it's own circuit and then feed the outdoor plugs off that. The panel plug is already required to be gfci protected if it's in an unfinished basement so we kill two birds with one stone. For kitchens we use gfci/afci breakers, no gfci plugs on there either. All the bathroom plugs are on one circuit, first plug on the circuit is a gfci, rest of the bathrooms get regular plugs.

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They have to be gfci protected, not necessarily gfci plugs. Weatherproof gfcis are like 30 bucks each so its cheaper for us to put a gfci plug next to the panel on it's own circuit and then feed the outdoor plugs off that. The panel plug is already required to be gfci protected if it's in an unfinished basement so we kill two birds with one stone. For kitchens we use gfci/afci breakers, no gfci plugs on there either. All the bathroom plugs are on one circuit, first plug on the circuit is a gfci, rest of the bathrooms get regular plugs.

Does there have to be a plug in the panel?

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The panel plug goes beside the breaker panel. Every panel needs a plug within so many feet. If it's in a finished room then one of the room's plugs will suffice.

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The panel plug goes beside the breaker panel. Every panel needs a plug within so many feet. If it's in a finished room then one of the room's plugs will suffice.

There is a plug under my panel on the wall (my basement is finished) but instead of using a GFCI breaker for outdoor lights, the electrician put in a GFCI outlet in the panel.

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Yeah sounds good to me. I dont think it's likely I'll come across more but you never know. Almost all my work since spring has been new construction. I'm wiring a 48 unit apartment complex so I havent been doing anything but running wires and installing boxes since June!

If you don't end up finding one within a few months, I would trade one of my Circle F double pole switches for a brown GE mercury switch and a 3 way Circle F snap switch. Is this fair?

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You have a GFCI receptacle INSIDE your panel? That's 100% against code! If it's an unusual house layout and it's too much wasted wire running all the outdoor plugs on the same circuit we will sometimes come off the circuit on the other side of the wall (so if there's a deck off the living room, we will come off the living room circuit) and the plug we come off of in the living room would be a GFCI, with the load side going to the outdoor plug and a a second wire on the line side of the GFCI to hit the rest of the living room plugs.

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You have a GFCI receptacle INSIDE your panel? That's 100% against code! If it's an unusual house layout and it's too much wasted wire running all the outdoor plugs on the same circuit we will sometimes come off the circuit on the other side of the wall (so if there's a deck off the living room, we will come off the living room circuit) and the plug we come off of in the living room would be a GFCI, with the load side going to the outdoor plug and a a second wire on the line side of the GFCI to hit the rest of the living room plugs.

I can post a pic of where it is. Is the "plan B" trade fair as well as the "plan A"?

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I dont like the cover plate.

You should tell my grandma that.

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I dont mind trading one of my two GE brown mercury switches but I'd like to keep all my three way snap switches.

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I dont mind trading one of my two GE brown mercury switches but I'd like to keep all my three way snap switches.

Is this okay: I trade 1 double pole Circle F snap switch for 2 brown mercury switches (no matter what brand) and a Circle F single pole snap switch?

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I dont mind trading one of my two GE brown mercury switches but I'd like to keep all my three way snap switches.

Is the trade I just suggested OK?

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Seen one of these at the restore. Should I pick it up?

Did you pick it up yet?

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I actually picked it up! It's a single pole version. Will post my finds in a bit.

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@fluorescent lover 40, Did you get your eBay switches yet?

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Sep 14, 2019 at 05:25 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
No. My friend says he's been pretty busy lately, and will get them whenever he can.

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