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From: "John Gilmer"
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 09:50:30 -0400
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The cheap switches very seldom cause ANY problem. Most of the few
problems come from the basic design (poke in backwiring) rather than
cheapness per se.
Cheap outlets are a tradeoff between reliability and cost. In new
construction there are quite a few wall outlets. Most outlets are almost
never used or have a lamp semi-permanently installed. Thus, there is
little justification for an upgrade.
Where there is heavy use, the cheap ones fail more often. Then it is up to
the (home)owner to make his own cost/benefit calculation. If his outlet
failed after 5 years of use and a "good" outlet would have failed after 10
years of use (but who really knows) he might spring for the extra few
The last time I was at HD they were pushing a higher cost outlet that had
extra strong holding power of the plug so consumers get a choice.
For a homeowner doing a new room and a shoestring budget they money saved
using the cheaper outlets can add up.
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