This is real secret squirrel stuff! (They’re changing the USB ports.)

USB-C is the emerging standard for charging and transferring data. Right now, it’s included in devices like the newest laptops, phones, and tablets. Given time, it’ll spread to pretty much everything that currently uses the older, larger USB connector.

USB Type-C has a new, tiny physical connector—roughly the size of a micro USB connector. The USB-C connector itself can support various exciting new USB standard like USB 3.1 and USB power delivery (USB PD).

Just think of it, now we will need an adapter to plug into a receptacle for the normal USB, and an adapter to go from the new USB to the old USB, or just an adapter to plug the USB-C in. Either way, it’s going to be a mess!

Well Pass & Seymour is here to save the day. They have come out with a new receptacle with two USB charging ports for mobile devices – one Type-A port and one Type-C port for newer products.

The PTTR15ACUSBW with The PlugTail® termination provides a more productive, secure, and safer installation and allows you to connect with the future of wiring device innovations.

~Woody

How are today’s kids going to learn?

Yes, this is going to be one of those “Back in my day we……….” blogs, so here it goes! Well, back in my day we had to learn things the hard way. Like never smash a can of shaving cream with a cinder block unless you want to be covered in shaving cream, never ride your bike through a pile of burning leaves if your bell bottoms are frayed at the bottom, and never throw a bucket in the air to catch a bat under the street light unless you know what to do with it if you catch it.

The biggest was never stick a screw driver in the duplex receptacle! (Makes a big boom and lots of smoke.) Today, that lesson doesn’t need to be learned the hard way because the NEC has adopted the code calling for Tamper Proof Receptacles.

The Pass & Seymour TradeMaster® receptacles combine a traditional look with reliable, time-tested operation for any residential application. This receptacle is also outfitted with our patented automatic shutter system to prevent young children from inserting common objects, such as hairpins or keys. The shutters release when a plug is inserted. Required by the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

  • Meets 2008 National Electrical Code Tamper-Resistant requirements
  •  Protects children: patented shutter system—now with black “invisi-shutters” that disappear for an invisible effect—helps prevent improper insertion of foreign objects
  • High-impact resistant thermoplastic construction
  • Extra-long strap
  • Quickloop wire looping aid
  • Long-term blade retention
  •  Longer tri-drive screws for easier 12 AWG looping
  • Extra-large circuit break-off tabs
  • Side-access push wire release
  • Ultrasonic welding of face to back body
  • Side wire accepts #12 – #14 AWG solid wire
  •  Push wire accepts #14 AWG solid only
  • Superior protection than traditional outlet caps or protection plates
  • Low profile face
  • Traditional contoured face (3232 models)
  • Self-grounding models provide automatic ground clip

~Woody

When I was a kid, we didn’t hang the TV on the wall!

LOC-CMK70Televisions have certainly changed over the years. I remember when I was a kid, the TV was a huge piece of furniture. If something went wrong with it, a guy would show up with a huge box of vacuum tubes and start changing them until the grainy black and white picture came back to life.
We had 3 or 4 stations, not including UHF channels. I use to love Sunday morning on channel 44, watching Bob Luce’s Wrestling with the Bruiser and the Crusher!
Now TV’s are about 1 inch thick and mount right to the wall. Problem is, how do you hide all the cables for power and signal?
The Wiremold CMK70 In-Wall Cord & Cable Power Kit is the answer.

LOP-CMK70-2• Simple installation: Do-it-yourself kit allows for neat and easy installation in under 30 minutes with no electrician or hard wiring involved.
• Pre-wired all inclusive kit: All parts and tools needed for installation are included in the kit, including a pre-wired power cable.
• Hide low voltage cables: Perfect for hiding low voltage cables such as HDMI and other component wires.
• Kit Includes: 2 power grommets with a 54″ harness, 6′ power cord, hole saw and fish tape.

LOA-CMK70-BCMK70 FAQ

~Woody