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Created On: 01 May 2013 11:41 PM
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 01 May 2013 11:41 PM
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Those of you old enough will remember the HO Skirt.

What made it safer?

Opinions vary.

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 01 May 2013 11:54 PM
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The Home Office regulations were eventually replaced by the Factories Act etc, the Home Office regulations referred to it as a 'shroud or skirt' that prevented contact with the metal cap of the lamp in damp situations.

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Edited: 02 May 2013 at 12:07 AM by rocknroll
 01 May 2013 11:58 PM
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When I first started house bashing in the 80s after 15 years of industrial the LA specced HO skirts for ground floors in houses with concrete floors and plain for upstairs apart from bathrooms, condensation was the reason given
 02 May 2013 07:30 AM
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Originally posted by: Pacific

When I first started house bashing in the 80s after 15 years of industrial the LA specced HO skirts for ground floors in houses with concrete floors and plain for upstairs apart from bathrooms, condensation was the reason given


I remember this. i didn't get it then as you could get your fingers in easier.

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 02 May 2013 05:53 PM
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They were safer ask it made it imposssible to plug one of those two way adapters in to run a radio or similar off the light fitting along with the lamp. However tnot being able to plug the radio in could be resolved by removing the skirt altogether.

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 02 May 2013 06:17 PM
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My mother used to have a few of those, so she said but then I wasn't around at the time.......

and back to things electrical, I remember see one of those when I was a toddler...

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 02 May 2013 07:20 PM
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"one of those" being the Y splitter bayonet lamphodler or being the HO Skirt ?

I can`t remember the HO skirt ever preventing the splitter from connecting though but there again "ironing or wireless in the bathroom"?

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 03 May 2013 06:10 PM
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Edited: 03 May 2013 at 06:26 PM by sparkingchip
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Howzat!
 03 May 2013 06:50 PM
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Nice one Sparking Chip.

Nostalgic too

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 03 May 2013 07:23 PM
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I saw the lamp holder this morning down a cellar illuminating this:



supplied by this:



Like them?
 03 May 2013 08:00 PM
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Ha, I've still got a few of those plugs, Wooden & Bakerlite!

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 03 May 2013 08:05 PM
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How many circuits did the switch fuse supply?
 04 May 2013 05:01 PM
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Andy, I am going to take a guess that your set up was supplying about 10 circuits?

I did a DB change from one of those just a few weeks back. Two fuses for one 4 bed house.

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 04 May 2013 05:45 PM
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Could be one, with the neutral being fused!
 05 May 2013 09:18 PM
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Yep, fused neutral one circuit supplied twin lead sheathed cable meter tails from a Henly block, TT no earth apart from water main and no RCD or ELCB.

It kakes HO skirts an important protective measure!

Edited: 05 May 2013 at 09:50 PM by sparkingchip
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I still think that some of those adaptors could be used on some of the lamp holders containing a HO skirt

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 05 May 2013 09:55 PM
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Ah yes. Bayonet cap adapters they were called.

Andy, fused neutral and twin and earth lead sheathed. I have seen all this stuff, the lead sheathed stuff can be nasty to deal with. It was terminated into a metal box/plate that clamped onto the sheath and the earth was terminated onto the back plate. Bit like some of the old MICC termination plates. If the lead became detached from the plate there could be some problems. Must have been amazing stuff to install. Lead sheathed twin and earth! Is anyone on the forum old enough to have actually installed this from new? 100m drums must have been heavy!
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