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Need Help identifying an older outlet (I had to replace it)

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Old 07-08-11, 02:08 AM
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Need Help identifying an older outlet (I had to replace it)

I know this seems odd but I have a standard wall receptacle (15A 125V) that I do not know who made it (And it is driving me mad) I am thinking Circle F (As there is an F inside of a Circle but I really don't know)

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My Apartment complex was built in the late 1970's - Early 1980's and the outlet is original to the building

I had to replace the outlet because it no longer held the plugs tight (I asked the building maintenance and they said I could replace the outlet)

and yes it was a split circuit outlet (I had to break the hot tab on the new outlet a Leviton 5252-W)

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Old 07-08-11, 05:26 AM
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You were correct, it was made by Circle F. They are no longer around.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 06:02 AM
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Do you know when Circle F went away or got bought out?
 
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Old 07-08-11, 06:59 AM
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Circle F was around until the late 70s according to another forum I follow.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 07:06 AM
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I'd have to guess the seventies or eighties. I have an old 6-20 from the early seventies.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 05:03 PM
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Do you know when Circle F went away or got bought out?
It was around 1980 or '81 when Circle F products appeared in brown and white boxes branded Sylvania. Same device, same distributors, just a different name.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 05:17 PM
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I'm curious about your curiosity...why does it matter? Just curious...lol...
 
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Old 07-08-11, 05:44 PM
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Do you know when Circle F went away or got bought out?
I think the warranty has expired.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 05:52 PM
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I'm curious about your curiosity...why does it matter? Just curious...lol...
LOL! People say that to me, too.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
I'm curious about your curiosity...why does it matter? Just curious...lol...
It really does not matter but I was just curious.. as it looked old and I am into old and vintage electrical devices and it seemed like a quality device (It even accepts 12AWG for the backstab connections, I can't say that about newer $0.58 outlets) It did last more then 30 Years and still holds on the top (I have had the same device in there for the 3 years I have lived in this place) but the bottom got loose as it was in my office/Workshop and I use power tools and soldering stuff so things got unplugged constantly
 
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Looking at your pictures it appears that the tab is broken off on one side and not on the other side. Is that how you did the new one? I'm assuming that both sides are on the same circuit but one side is switched? If they're on different circuits (breakers) both tabs have to be broken.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 06:40 PM
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Yeah one half of the duplex was switched but the same 15A breaker controlled both
Anyone know who makes the panels with the colorful breakers?
15A Blue
20A Red
30A Green
My Circuit box is colorful (I love colorful things Lol)
I don't know who makes it because the maintenance painted over the label
 
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Old 07-08-11, 07:31 PM
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Anyone know who makes the panels with the colorful breakers?
15A Blue
20A Red
30A Green
My Circuit box is colorful (I love colorful things Lol)
I don't know who makes it because the maintenance painted over the label
Zinsco, Bryant, Westinghouse were a few. If you have zinsco, tell the LL you want it replaced.
 
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Old 07-09-11, 05:37 AM
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It is possible your colorful breakers are in a newer Federal panel which is now under the Schneider umbrella along with Square D and several other major electrical supply companies.
 
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Old 07-09-11, 07:59 AM
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It is possible your colorful breakers are in a newer Federal panel which is now under the Schneider umbrella along with Square D and several other major electrical supply companies.
How would it have gotten down here, though?
 
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Old 07-09-11, 08:07 AM
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How would it have gotten down here, though?
Federal Pioneer circuit breakers are plentiful in this country and easy to get, but I have yet to see a Federal Pioneer panel in this country. But....this is getting off the subject of the thread which is Circle F wiring devices.
 
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