The fuses come from a 1950's ranch house in NJ that was sold by its original owner to a relative of
mine. The house had not been modified since it was built, but was subsequently extensively modified
including new electrical service. The electrician noted how many original 1950's fuses were in the
old box, the house was used very conservatively and was wired and built in such a way as to avoid
blown fuses. So they laid in all those spares but rarely needed them.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Batch of old-style screw-in fuses available
> Hi, Tom,
> Wow, what memories this brings back. The only equipment that I have ever owned that included these
> was a 1981 Canadian-market electric range. The last house I had that used these was the old house
> I had in Canada from 1981-1983, and a new service entrance and breaker panel were some of the
> first things I did to the house. My old house in NY City lost these about 1965--it was originally
> built in 1921 and had a single phase, three wire service entrance with two of the 30 Amp fuses as
> mains. The replacement had a two-pole 70 amp breaker. I upgraded the 100 amp to 200 amp in my
> 1984-2004 house in California and the house here came with a 200 A breaker panel.
> These are not the best devices, but they certainly were pervasive. The Fusetron fuses had
> diameters that were keyed to their ratings, so you could not put in a different size once you
> screwed the adapter into the "edison base" socket (same as a lamp). The adapters had anti-removal
> pawls/springs so once the mod was done, it could not be easily undone.
> My 1921-built house had fuses in the neutrals as well as the hots!
> I'm mentioning this on-list because there are many non-North-American list members who might have
> a bit of curiosity about how domestic sound reproducing equipment received its power--these were
> the prevalent protection devices from before the 1920s into the 1950s.
> On 2012-01-16 6:23 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> All that you see here:
>> yours for the price of shipping.
>> Not sure if anyone uses these things anymore or if there are old equipment installs that use
>> Ping off-list if interested.
>> - -- Tom Fine
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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