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    You dont get to see these much any more
    [img][img=http://img446.imageshack.us/img446/8729/oldlightswitch9jn.th.jpg][/img]

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    Originally posted by greenm&m
    You dont get to see these much any more
    [img][img=http://img446.imageshack.us/img446/8729/oldlightswitch9jn.th.jpg][/img]
    You're right about that!

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    I have a buddy that still has these for the upstairs.

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    its been a long day

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    Originally posted by jultzya
    I have a buddy that still has these for the upstairs.
    There in my house for the upstairs as well. Don't want to rip out walls or touch that ancient wire!
    There's TREACHERY AFOOT!!!

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    You see them in the old houses. It's a good idea to want to replace them, but you also should be prepared to replace the old cloth-insulated wiring too.
    R2B4BTU

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    My son bought a 100 year old house about 6 months ago. Every switch was like that. Still had some gas lights connected. Those got unhooked immediately. He wanted to maintain the charm so we replaced all of the switches with new ones from Restoration Hardware. Of course, we rewired the house too. Had to pull all of the knob and tube.

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    I think you find those type push button light switches more in the north than the south. But I have seen them.
    My grandmothers house in Williamsport Pa. had them.

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    Originally posted by troyorr
    My son bought a 100 year old house about 6 months ago. Every switch was like that. Still had some gas lights connected. Those got unhooked immediately. He wanted to maintain the charm so we replaced all of the switches with new ones from Restoration Hardware. Of course, we rewired the house too. Had to pull all of the knob and tube.
    Chicago is an old city. When I was doing residential service, more than a few times I saw old gaslight piping in the attics. One thing I noticed was no unions. The final connection was made with a left-hand threaded pipe and fitting.
    R2B4BTU

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    Lots of those old style switches around here along with not to many of the 3 button gravity furnace controls that are about a zillion years old

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    We had those in our apartment building when I was a little kid.

    and I'm not that old.
    "If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a KA." - Albert Einstein

    It's later than you think.

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    I seen something similar to that in an old house I worked on. I asked to see were t-stat was, and he pointed me to a switch like that with 4 buttons. lo/med/hi/off

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