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This is a snap switch in my grandparents' house, built in 1970. Is it a Bryant switch? This particular switch is in the middle of a hallway. It currently does nothing. I'm not sure what it used to control. Should I try to save it?

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Manufacturer:Bryant?
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Voltage:120 Volts
Current:Assuming 10 amps
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Apr 29, 2019 at 06:28 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Good idea. Do you have a basement or attic? I know it sounds stupid, but maybe it controls a light up/down there. I have a BIG rescue mission and I'm planning to save all the snap switches (all are still there) in my friend's house built in the 1940's. They could be original. He has a barn in his backyard with Knob and Tube wiring! Will save the stuff there too!

Are there any others?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:34 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Good idea. Do you have a basement or attic? I know it sounds stupid, but maybe it controls a light up/down there. I have a BIG rescue mission and I'm planning to save all the snap switches (all are still there) in my friend's house built in the 1940's. They could be original. He has a barn in his backyard with Knob and Tube wiring! Will save the stuff there too!

Are there any others?

Yes, there are 3 in addition to this one. One other controls an outlet that is near it (with a lighted China cabinet plugged into it), another (the one in the next photo) controls the lights in the bathroom it is in, and the last one is in the garage controlling a motion sensor light (the switch always stays on). I asked my grandmother what it used to do and she said it used to control the other hallway light before their house got an addition in 1987.
Approximately how many snap switches are in your friend's house?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:42 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
About 20-25 of them.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:44 PM Author: Fluorescent05

About 20-25 of them.

Wow! If you are able to save them, that will be nice!

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:45 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40

Wow! If you are able to save them, that will be nice!

Yeah, hope so! Including the things in the old barn too. Light sockets, ceramic holders, etc.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:52 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Yeah, hope so! Including the things in the old barn too. Light sockets, ceramic holders, etc.

Are they incandescent lights? Are there any fluorescent lights in the house?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 07:56 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Yes they are incandescent lights but without lamps. Sadly no WWII preheat lights LOL. They have only one - a crappy Lights of America F40T12 fluorescent light with April 2015 Philips Neutral Deluxe lamps.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 08:00 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Yes they are incandescent lights but without lamps. Sadly no WWII preheat lights LOL. They have only one - a crappy Lights of America F40T12 fluorescent light with April 2015 Philips Neutral Deluxe lamps.

Will you save the light?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 08:03 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40

Will you save the light?


I will save the incandescent sockets (8 of them), but won't save the fluorescent. The LOA lights are very unreliable (except for the preheat ones) but will save the lamps.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 05:45 PM Author: streetlight98
Aw man painted plates are the only thing that drives me crazier than mismatched plate colors lol.

To resist is to piss in the wind, anyone who does will end up smelling.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 07:01 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Aw man painted plates are the only thing that drives me crazier than mismatched plate colors lol.

At least this one is a metal plate instead of those plastic plates which get all scratched up.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 07:37 PM Author: streetlight98
Some are aluminum and those get scratched up too. I have an aluminum 2-gang plate on my bedroom switches and it's got some scratches on it. Was a used ReStore grab for 20 cents.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 07:59 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Some are aluminum and those get scratched up too. I have an aluminum 2-gang plate on my bedroom switches and it's got some scratches on it. Was a used ReStore grab for 20 cents.

Didn't you replace the switches in your bedroom with snap switches? Do you think the ReStore has snap switches for sale?

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Apr 30, 2019 at 08:05 PM Author: streetlight98
Yep my house was built in 2003 and has all newer crappy resi-grade Leviton devices (ivory colored). The 2-gang plate and switches replaced the original stuff. The picture you've been commenting on with the Circle F switches is the very 2-gang with the scratches.

I've never found any snap switches at my local ReStore, pretty much just newer switches and receptacles, many of which have been painted over a couple times or are all grimy. Nothing I would spend the 50 cents on considering the same crap is available brand new at Home Depot or Lowe for still under a dollar a pop.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 08:39 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Other members have found vintage switches at their local ReStores. I might check my local ReStore.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 09:01 PM Author: DimBulb
My house was built in 1956 and has ivory snap switches, the switchplates are ivory bakelite.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 09:30 PM Author: Fluorescent05

My house was built in 1956 and has ivory snap switches, the switchplates are ivory bakelite.

Nice! Are all of the switches original?

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Apr 30, 2019 at 10:16 PM Author: DimBulb
I changed a few to older push button switches but I still have the original ones in case I decide to put them back. The bedrooms had silent mercury switches, not sure if they're original. The snap switches, outlets and cover plates are all GE.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 10:20 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
@Dimbulb: Have any pictures? Would love to see what they look like!

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Apr 30, 2019 at 10:22 PM Author: Fluorescent05

I changed a few to older push button switches but I still have the original ones in case I decide to put them back. The bedrooms had silent mercury switches, not sure if they're original. The snap switches, outlets and cover plates are all GE.

Very nice! The bedrooms probably have mercury switches because they are silent.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 10:31 PM Author: DimBulb
Here is a pic
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Jun 15, 2019 at 12:58 PM Author: Fluorescent05
@fluorescent lover 40, did you save those snap switches yet?

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Jun 15, 2019 at 03:24 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40

@fluorescent lover 40, did you save those snap switches yet?


They're still in service. Gonna buy some 10 packs of Leviton residential grade switches to replace them eventually. I'll make sure his room has either a spec grade switch or a lighted switch and a stainless steel cover for it!

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Jun 15, 2019 at 08:30 PM Author: Fluorescent05

They're still in service. Gonna buy some 10 packs of Leviton residential grade switches to replace them eventually. I'll make sure his room has either a spec grade switch or a lighted switch and a stainless steel cover for it!

Does he like lights too? Is there currently a mercury switch in his room or a snap switch?

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Jun 15, 2019 at 11:21 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40

Does he like lights too? Is there currently a mercury switch in his room or a snap switch?

He actually has 3 snap switches in his room! One for the bedroom light, one for his closet, and one for the outside light (there used to be a door there leading to the backyard)! All three are Leviton, I believe. I happened to be at his house for his sister's birthday party (will be back in July) and noticed the garage has two snap switches. One is a brown Leviton which is one of the original ones and an ivory GE which was added in the '60s. There were others but I couldn't get to them. The barn had lots of bees too. Also, they are planning to sell the house so hopefully I can save all of the snap switches.

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Jun 16, 2019 at 06:28 AM Author: Fluorescent05

He actually has 3 snap switches in his room! One for the bedroom light, one for his closet, and one for the outside light (there used to be a door there leading to the backyard)! All three are Leviton, I believe. I happened to be at his house for his sister's birthday party (will be back in July) and noticed the garage has two snap switches. One is a brown Leviton which is one of the original ones and an ivory GE which was added in the '60s. There were others but I couldn't get to them. The barn had lots of bees too. Also, they are planning to sell the house so hopefully I can save all of the snap switches.

Are there any snap switches in the barn?

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Jun 16, 2019 at 02:05 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40

Are there any snap switches in the barn?

The barn was quite overgrown with weeds and there were also bees so I couldn't see if there was some.

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-Date decoder of some US lamps 1960-present.
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