The upstairs of our house (1948-ish) here in the US is like that, just a
single socket in each bedroom (and no earth/ground) - drives the kids
nuts what with all their various gadgets that need to be plugged in :-)
It's all radial over here; we've got a big breaker panel feeding most of
the house, then an older fusebox (2x big cartridge fuses and 4x screw-in
fuses) for the office. There are other similar fuseboxes in the garage,
workshop and barn (although the barn no longer has power; previously that
was done by an overhead run from the house attic). Wiring is a mixture of
new PVC stuff and older cloth-covered rubber (with evidence that the
workshop once served as a small house and had knob-and-tube)
As an apprentice electrician I remember wiring a few houses with no
electricity and gas lighting. Even some (mostly farms) where they
only had paraffin lamps.
We had a neighbour to our last house who finally got electricity in
1992 (farm again.)
Of course, during the war, power sockets were illegal (at least in London)
so anything like an electic iron had to be plugged into the lights.
Explains why wiring was so primitive.
Have you got a refrence for that, it raises a number of questions.
I did find this
havn't had time to read through it,but I noticed this bit:
"The saving of the rarer metals may become more
important than the risk of breakdown, than the risk of
shock and fire, and than the heavy costs of recurring
maintenance. There is already an increasing tendency in
this direction, and the day may come when conditions will
force the adoption of installations of bare iron conductors,
air insulation and a protective covering of some plaster-like
Strange grammer with the three than's, but the meaning is clear
My parents bought their house in 1955 (or thereabouts), whilst it
was still being built. Fortunately, it was PVC wiring, a ring circuit,
and lighting circuit with CPC, MK accessories, and it's all still fine.
Only the Wylex CU has had to be replaced, although when we last redid
the kitchen 12 years ago, I put all new circuits into that, and of
course, more sockets have been added elsewhere over time.
However, as originally designed, it was only one socket per room except
the kitchen and living room had two. Parents had to pay for any optional
extras, and bought an extra one in the living room, probably being rather
strapped for cash at the time. All singles, of course.
In the 1960's, the Parker Morris standard for homes was created, and
this specified things like minimum numbers of sockets, and it was
quickly adopted, initially in council housing (eventually became
mandatory anyway), but the public sector effectively had to follow
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