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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2017, 05:43:00 PM »
An apartment I used to live in had a switch like this hooked up to the jacuzzi. Up to 15 minute maximum run time so the landlord wouldn't have to worry about people leaving the unit on all night when they were done.

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2017, 07:15:02 PM »
Well I turned it to 20 minutes tonight. I noticed no difference around the house. It'll just be one of the many unsolved mysteries of the house. Like the light switches that do nothing, or the wiring for a door bell, but no door bell buzzer or button at any door....




Yes -- bathroom heater idea from Krusty makes sense. Many older houses from the 50's and 60's has those God-awful timer driven infrared heat lamps in the bathrooms. They were called sun or tanning lamps back in the day, and it was thought that these things were a good idea at the time. Lots of people received severe sun burns from them.

I agree that was the original intended purpose for a switch like this, but explain why the switch was found where it was. sctatcherhead
I can see it being used for that, but yeah like said it's weird that it would be in the basement stairway.


An apartment I used to live in had a switch like this hooked up to the jacuzzi. Up to 15 minute maximum run time so the landlord wouldn't have to worry about people leaving the unit on all night when they were done.
This might make the most sense. Previous owner had a hot tub out side. Also there is a spot in the floor of the basement that is poured different and looks like a pad for a boiler. Made the hot tub had an external heater?

Would love to go back through the decades and see what was original and what and why things changed or look how they do.

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2017, 09:13:06 PM »
Outside step heater/defroster.
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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2017, 04:16:46 PM »
Outside step heater/defroster.
That would be nice!

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2017, 07:15:53 PM »
They make timers with various time limits. The men's room at the wife's work has one with a 20 minute limit. Sit on the pot too long and you end up in the dark.

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2017, 07:25:28 PM »
Lots of puzzles in an older house. Sounds like the previous owner eliminated thing but left the switches because he didn't trust his plaster patching ability. Been there.

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2017, 07:43:18 PM »
Pop that cover!

Are there live wires behind?

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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2017, 10:39:57 PM »
Outside step heater/defroster.
That would be nice!

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My Dad one in a house in central Il. It didn't work but he traced the wires to the heating element.
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Re: A household whatsit
« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2017, 06:41:15 AM »
Maybe its connected to a plug in the basement for a dehumidifier or something like that??? headscratch

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Re: A household whatsit
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