Another wild guess.
I think this might be a spooling drum for light (IE. not heavy) cable.
Possibly used for temporary telecomms (military unlikely), detonation of
charges in mines/quarries etc.
Back to the drawing board.
"Leon Fisk" wrote
Well, it is a bit fun to compare times (and technology) of old to a modern
counterpart. But it does make sense. Back in the day, many parts were made
by the village blacksmith. And what manufacturers existed, I am sure there
was not a great variety in parts, fasteners, bolts, etc. It would not have
been smart to have a bunch of different size nuts (or bolts) on a wagon.
After all, where are bolts (and/or nuts) used on a wagon. Not being overly
familiar with wagon (or carriages) I would assume that the wheel and hitch
would be the only places where such a connector would have been needed.
This is not high tech. I mean, the highest tech thing on that wagon, was
the wheels. That is pretty low tech. I don't think that you need a full
socket set and a torque wrench for that.
So it does make sense. Having known a couple blacksmiths, I have a full
appreciation on how these guys at one time were the primary
engineers-problem solvers-tool makers in the community. They may not be
doing all that kind of work any more. But any blacksmith does have to be a
bit creative to do their job. And they were involved in making wagons, even
in just a supportive role.
Not bitching at you or anything. It IS interesting that it would be called
a wagon wrench. But that was a much simpler time. You did not need that
many tools to work on a wagon. Modern vehicles a a much different
situation. How much does a modern mechanic spend on tools? Particularly if
purchased from the professional suppliers.
Just to be picky, nowadays, for a car, there is only one tool needed or
useful to the typical owner... a cellphone to call a tow. And for some
cars, not even that is needed with cars that call for help by themselves.
I'll admit that sometimes a credit card is needed to scrape the ice off
If I'd though of it, that would have been my guess. So I looked it up.
Flat cable was supposed to be kept away from metal, but apparently
masonry wasn't a problem. The usual method was to drill a hole, put the
cable through, and caulk.
Cable was supposed to have a drip loop at the entrance. If it were
designed for TV cable, I would expect it to deflect the cable down on
the exterior side.
I pulled the identical device, still in the original package, from my
loft. It is a Radio Shack Archer Cat. No. 15-1200 Wall feed through
tube. "Designed to provide a neat weather-proof entrance of all types of
wire and cable through walls up to 13" (33cm) thick."
It includes the rubber grommet with the slit. "Note. Rubber grommet
should be used only when absolutely necessary in UHF installations. Some
air circulation is desirable to prevent condensation.".
I can take measurements and pictures, if necessary, but both external
plastic parts are identical to the pictures.
Paul Drahn fired this volley in news:l8dib0$tqi$1
AH! I thought it was a "Palmetto Pee-hole". It's actually an "SC Sex
You'll get'm every time with that "grommet with the slit". They couldn't
I wondered what it was designed for. I'm curious about the exterior
side. It appears to have a couple of holes to screw something on.
If it were well designed, I would expect a downward elbow on the
exterior, to keep water out while allowing some air circulation.
The homeowner obviously bought the fitting at Radio Shack, but if the
carport roof abutted the house, it would be hard to bring an antenna
cable down to that point. The best entry point would have been under
the eaves, leaving the shortest possible length of flat cable exposed to
sun and rain.
A tube from the basement to the carport would be ideal if he had a
compressor in his basement and sometimes needed compressed air in his