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Created On: 27 September 2012 09:28 PM
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 27 September 2012 09:28 PM
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stillon7029

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Thought I would ask as I have just posted on another subject.

Anybody here still come across what was called Oily?
This was round lead cable with copper cores in oil impregnated paper
The joints were lead casing and sealed to prevent air drying out the paper.
If a repair or extension was required and you could not do the lead work
a tobacco tin was used with porcelain connectors and filled with pitch and the earth was connected around the cables with clamps and single core 1/044
Later compound was used instead of pitch.

Or better still any body connect to capping and casing ?????
 28 September 2012 12:39 PM
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Ricicle

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Originally posted by: stillon7029

Or better still any body connect to capping and casing ?????


That's way, way past it's sell by date !

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 28 September 2012 05:57 PM
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Originally posted by: stillon7029

Thought I would ask as I have just posted on another subject.



Anybody here still come across what was called Oily?

This was round lead cable with copper cores in oil impregnated paper

The joints were lead casing and sealed to prevent air drying out the paper.

If a repair or extension was required and you could not do the lead work

a tobacco tin was used with porcelain connectors and filled with pitch and the earth was connected around the cables with clamps and single core 1/044

Later compound was used instead of pitch.



Or better still any body connect to capping and casing ?????


Can't say I've come across this cable in general use, sounds more like a distributors thing? I'm not even sure you can even buy tinned tobacco these days!
 28 September 2012 05:59 PM
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Originally posted by: Ricicle

Originally posted by: stillon7029



Or better still any body connect to capping and casing ?????




That's way, way past it's sell by date !


Wasn't it also known as cabinet casing?

These days it's made of plastic and called mini-trunking!
 28 September 2012 07:16 PM
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Wiring just ain't what it used to be! I've seen a l've seen a lot of different wiring methods but if you can see my profile picture, this is a first for me that I found recently, 3 pair telephone cable used to extend the cables of a GU10 lighting kit in a kitchen! (luckily I found this when I was asked to remove these lights rather than adding some extras! ) The twerp what fitted them had also siliconed the fittings in place, and also some of the lamps, yet had taken the time to solder the telephone cable to the 2 core flex that the kit was supplied with!
 28 September 2012 08:04 PM
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stillon7029

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In capping and casing the cables were single core cotton wrapped.

No oily was twin and 3 core 1/044 -- 3/029 and 3/036 used for lighting and 15 amp sockets

I came across it a lot in the mid sixties in Old Cottages, and capping and casing tended to be in more upmarket places like Manor Houses and Vicarages. Pity I did not keep the lovely double pole porcelain/wooden fuse boards/bell signal boards and bell relay boxes

Edited: 28 September 2012 at 08:57 PM by stillon7029
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