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From: "Nukie Poo" @verizon.net>
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
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Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 15:05:43 GMT
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"John Gilmer" wrote in message
> 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
> 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.
I agree. One thing is worth mentioning, though;
Most residences are now wired using plastic outlet boxes. Often, if one
installs a specification grade or hospital grade receptacle in such a box,
the gripping power of the device will overwhelm the holding power of the
6-32 tapped holes in the plastic box. The device winds up getting pulled out
with the plug. That doesn't inspire customer confidence in workmanship. I
have a builder who specs out Lev 5242 spec grade recepts on all his jobs. I
use 3-1/2" steel gem boxes or 1900's with plaster rings on those jobs for
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