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DOH !!!

DOH !!!

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Houston, we have a problem ! This is the cap from my Norelco SOX streetlight. It ran today for roughly 2 hrs and suddenly went out with no warning. I started to open the ballast compt when i heard a sizzling noise followed by lots of SMOKE. when the smoke cleared (and this cooled awhile i pulled it and took the picture (at the time oof the photo it was still above 100 degrees !

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Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:120-0767
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Factory Location:U.S.A.
Fabrication Date:40th week of 1974
Application/Use:Smoke machine

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Date added:Nov 18, 2019
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Date Time:2019:11:18 20:54:47
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Nov 18, 2019 at 09:23 PM Author: Skiller
Considering the date of manufacture, I really hope this one doesn't contain PCB, nasty stuff (the lower part should tell, but it's out of focus, can't read).
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Nov 18, 2019 at 09:28 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I'd bet it is a PCB one . It doesn't say though . It's currently outside now !

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Nov 18, 2019 at 09:55 PM Author: Skiller
It most likely wouldn't have the term "PCB" printed on, but the brand name of the containing oil mixture (for example "Pyranol" and "Chlorinol" and similar sounding names – a Google search then reveals if a mixture contains PCB or not).
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Nov 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
All this says is 74-40, GE capacitor,72F632, 60HZ, 16uF, 330v, made in the U.S.A , and 120-0767 .

Doesn't say "contains no PCB's", "contains PCB's", "Chlorinol", "Pyranol" nothing

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Nov 18, 2019 at 10:31 PM Author: GE101R

All this says is 74-40, GE capacitor,72F632, 60HZ, 16uF, 330v, made in the U.S.A , and 120-0767 .

Doesn't say "contains no PCB's", "contains PCB's", "Chlorinol", "Pyranol" nothing



FYI Before 1979, PCBs were commonly used as insulators in electrical equipment, including fluorescent lamp ballasts and motor start capacitors. Although these ballasts and small capacitors may contain only relatively small amounts of PCBs, the PCBs are commonly in extremely high concentrations. PCB ballasts and small capacitors may be found in: •fluorescent lamps •mercury vapor lamps •home appliances •industrial equipment How Can I Tell If My Ballasts and Small Capacitors Contain PCBs? Manufacture of PCB-containing equipment was prohibited in 1979. You should assume that all ballasts and small capacitors contain PCBs unless: •labeled “No PCBs” or •known manufactured after 1979
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Nov 19, 2019 at 12:57 AM Author: HomeBrewLamps
I've had this happen with a pcb cap before back when I lived with my parents.

Luckily they weren't educated enough to know I unleashed carcinogenic oil fumes in my room lol. Otherwise they'd have murdered me.

I cleaned it up and went on with my life. It was exclusively in my room so the cleanup was easy.

I'm not too worried about cancer. If it happens it happens.

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Nov 19, 2019 at 01:31 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux
Definitely a PCB laden capacitor...don't inhale!

A rule of thumb...if it doesn't mention PCB's, or doesn't say no PCB's then they are indeed in the capacitor.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to save unique and rare HID lighting before it's all scrapped.

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Nov 19, 2019 at 01:43 PM Author: monkeyface
Refer to page 33 on our document about PCBs (in German language). According this paper all capacitors from GE are having PCBs which were made before 1979 and all made after in 1981 and later are without it.

http://www.chemsuisse.ch/de/?option=com_dropfiles&format=&task=frontfile.download&catid=97&id=80&Itemid=1000000000000

This is a document with most of the capacitors listed which were found in use in Switzerland.
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Nov 19, 2019 at 05:08 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I figured it was which is why I opened the windows and ran until everything aired out ! I've had shorted caps, swollen caps and weak caps, but never had one go up in smoke until this !

I'd prefer NOT to repeat this !!! Especially inside !

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Nov 24, 2019 at 03:36 AM Author: TL buis
100% PCB containing! On 80's till 2000 capacitors it was noticed, in 2000 banned
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Nov 24, 2019 at 09:51 AM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

100% PCB containing! On 80's till 2000 capacitors it was noticed, in 2000 banned


They were banned here in the US in 1978...didn't think that the Netherlands waited so long to ban them!

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Nov 24, 2019 at 11:54 AM Author: TL buis
Maybe little earlier you're right . It was for sure not 80/ 90's
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Nov 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM Author: GE101R
Nope!
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