trying to locate manufacturer

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I recently found an octagon box with a curious cover on it, and have not been able to identify the manufacturer of the cover.
On the raised portion of the cover it says
"DRIP GRIND" AND "KEY ON BOTTOM" , with a $1.79 price tag.
I have narrowed it down to :
A. FOLGERS
B. MAXWELL HOUSE
C. MICKEY MOUSE,
wtih strong tendency toward C.
As son as I can I will get my film developed and maybe scan it so I can e-mail it.
 

charlie b

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I agree with "C." It sounds to me like a homeowner installed a box, but forgot to buy a cover. So instead of making another trip to Big Orange, he cut the top of a coffee can into an octagon shape, drilled holes for the screws, and installed it. Is the material of the cover obviously different than that of the box?
 

roger

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With the price of steel, this may be the wave of the future. ;)

Roger
 

charlie b

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It looks like you will never find it in an electrical supply house, nor for that matter (not that it matters), at Big Orange.
 
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a.wayne3@verizon.net

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Maybe Dinty Moore beef stew can painted.Not listed for this but what a way to recycle
 

jimwalker

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I am sure that new romex was permited and inspected :roll: right next that fine looking cover.What are the cubic inches to that round can ?
Is that a NAIL just to right of can on white romex ?

[ July 19, 2004, 04:56 PM: Message edited by: jimwalker ]
 

iwire

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I hear you Jim, I doubt that NM was inspected before but it has been now and that Tuna can cover is gone. :)

One of my friends was doing a service change and when I stopped by he pointed out the Tuna can cover.

This was just one of many violations that have been corrected. :cool:

Bob
 

iwire

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Originally posted by pierre:
The screw is missing in one of the cable connectors... good for an effective ground fault current path.
I do not believe the old "BX" was ever listed for grounding use and it is not a NEC approved grounding means today, 250.118.

I have been told NY feels differently about this.

Bob
 

jimwalker

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I think buildings need to be reinspected at least once every 10 years and before they are sold.This would stop the unpermited repairs and add ons as they will get caught.
 

hurk27

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Problem with that Jim is most states allow home owners to do there own work. The only true times a home inspection can be forced is for insurance and selling like in getting a loan. Unless it's obvious that the structure is about to fall down. :eek:
 

roger

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If the bonding were sufficient, there would be nothing wrong with the installation. A tuna can or coffee can lid would probably give better protection than a plastic blank plate.

Plus it adds some character to what would normally be a bland looking box.

Covers are not required to be listed for the purpose.

Roger
 

bill addiss

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I do not believe the old "BX" was ever listed for grounding use and it is not a NEC approved grounding means today, 250.118.

I have been told NY feels differently about this.
Bob,

Please elaborate a bit on the last part of your statement.

Bill

[ July 20, 2004, 11:04 AM: Message edited by: bill addiss ]
 

iwire

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Bill I imagine you are asking about the NY part of my post.

I hang out at another forum or two (I know, hard to believe :D ) that have some pretty sharp people out of the NY area who where adamant that NY AHJs approve the old BX for use as an EGC.

I have not seen any references to back that up, I gave up arguing about it. :p

Do you have any info about this either way?

Bob
 

wireddd

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The two cover mounting screws are missing.
Charlie the tuna would be proud. His home lives on!
 
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