What kind of electrical outlet is this? (Old home)


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Old 09-29-14, 08:03 PM
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What kind of electrical outlet is this? (Old home)

The outlet is loose and I would like to at least fix that. But I have never seen something like this before.

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Old 09-29-14, 09:09 PM
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It's a very early receptacle. Your best bet is to replace the wiring feeding it, as it is most likely too brittle to use.
 
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Old 09-29-14, 09:20 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

By loose I'm guessing you mean the prongs of the plug fit into the receptacle loose ?

You may encounter knob and tube wiring and like Justin said... it's going to be very brittle.
That receptacle is mounted to the molding. There is no box behind it.

I'm not sure if you can even find a replacement like that anymore.
Any thoughts to upgrading the electrical system ?
 
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Old 09-30-14, 12:47 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

This is a rental so I doubt I can pitch the idea of electrical updating to the landlord.
 
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Old 09-30-14, 01:11 PM
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It's very possible that that outlet isn't even live anymore. I lived in houses 70 -80 yrs old growing up, and over time, things were changed to newer standards, but the old stuff was left in place due to cost of replacing all the moldings. Did it ever work?
 
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If it does not work and used to or poses any kind of hazard (in your mind alone will suffice), a call to the landlord is in order.
 
 

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