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Post# 382773   12/17/2017 at 09:33 (935 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

I know most of us collect vacuums, I was just wondering what other appliances everyone on here collects. I've seen mixers and lawn moers mentioned. The other appliance I collect is humidifiers, I would have to count them but I currently have around 10 of them, and I have 3 more coming. In particular, I really like the ultrasonic ones, they are very quiet but can still humidify a room quickly. I do have one model that is known as an evaporative model, you have to use a filter with those and a fan blows air through it, these are much louder which is probably why the ultrasonic models are so popular. Anyway, wondering what other appliances everyone collects.

Post# 382775 , Reply# 1   12/17/2017 at 09:38 (935 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I collect fans mainly. Also I guess I would say I collect mixers but don't have very many. I have other kitchen appliances too but those are mostly things I use such as waffle iron, blender, etc. I don't plan to get more than one of those things, so I don't really see them as part of a collection.

Lately I've been collecting porcelain light fixtures with pull chains also. I've always had a few around but lately got interested in them again for some reason and bought more, both new and older ones.

Post# 382782 , Reply# 2   12/17/2017 at 12:31 (935 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

I think KenKart probably has the most mixers, I think he has quite a few, I know the Sun Beam mix masters are very popular with collectors since I don't think they are made anymore. I will try and post my humidifier collection in this thread if I can get some pictures.

Post# 382787 , Reply# 3   12/17/2017 at 13:21 (935 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
my humidifier collection

So, here is my humidifier collection, since I'm a blind person and cannot take pictures, I will post either a link from the manufacturer's site or a youtube video showing it, there are a few that are no longer made where this may not be possible.
First is the only evaporative humidifier I have, it's the Honeywell HCM2000, Honeywell humidifiers are made by Kaz which is the same company that makes the Vicks humidifiers. This humidifier is no longer made and I couldn't find any sites that I know for sure has a picture, I don't use this one too much anymore since it requires replacing a wick filter and I find the ultrasonic humidifiers actually add more humidity than the evaporative ones.
The next one is the Vicks filter free humidifier, v4500. This one does not use a filter, I'm not exactly sure how it works, it has a fan that spins in the water and creates the mist by spraying the water on to some kind of defuser. This one is also no longer made, but I found a youtube video that shows it.

Ok, now moving on to my Ultrasonic models. This first one is my daily driver, I use this in the living room during the winter months. It's unique because it combines the ultrasonic technology with a powerful fan to distribute the mist, it's an awesome unit. It's called the Vornado ultra one.
Next is the Guardian Technologies h8000, this one is nice because it has an extendable nozzle that you can attach to extend the mist higher in to the room.
Next is the Boneco u700, a very nice unit with lots of features.
Next is the Heaven Fresh hf710, unfortunately this one is no longer made, it's unique because it can produce a cool mist and has 3 different levels of warm mist as well, on the highest setting, it produces steam.
Next we have the Sunpentown 4010.
I use this next one at work, the air gets very dry there and you get zapped every time you touch something after getting out of your chair, it fits very well on my desk, it's the Crane warm and cool mist ultrasonic humidifier.
The last one that I currently have is called the Super Air ultrasonic humidifier and it's no longer made and I can't find any references to it, one unique feature of it is that you can fill the tank from the top.
Ok, I have 3 more on order, will hopefully get them next week, the first one is the Crane digital warm and cool mist humidifier, it's similar to what I have at work but also has a humidistat and negative ion feature.
I also ordered the Holmes warm and cool mist ultrasonic humidifier.
And finally I ordered the air innovations MH701b ultrasonic humidifier.
So, there you go, that's my current collection along whith what I will hopefully have soon.

Post# 382789 , Reply# 4   12/17/2017 at 13:59 (935 days old) by kenkart ()        
IIf it plugs in

I collect it! Stoves refrigerators dws irons, toasters, blenders, waffle irons griddles pressure cookers cookware etc!

Post# 382791 , Reply# 5   12/17/2017 at 14:52 (935 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I think it's natural that if you collect vacs, other household items follow suit.  The only thing that really slows me down is the fact that I'm older and this is all junk to most anyone else. My sons accused me of being a hoarder. So at some point I have to arrange what happens to all this stuff. Go into AW and there's people that have rows of washer/dryers. I just can't even imagine giving up that kinda space unless you had access to your own personal warehouse.


I've seen pics of people's houses with a kitchen full of mixers and only enough room to sit in a chair. Same with vacs. More power to ya I guess if you can deal with it.


I mentored two boys in a Big Brother type program until they aged out.  One of the things we did a lot was go to yard/garage/estate sales. I thought it was a good teacher in how to handle other people's stuff, learn how to horse trade and really, those sales are just a microcosm of American life. Sellers lie and don't often disclose problems....shrouded in the fact that something is 'cheap', therefore disclosure is not necessary.  It was a good way to break them into the darker side of people. And conversely, there was ample examples of outstanding goodwill and honesty from sellers. If the boys were respectful and would ask before picking up something fragile/valuable, that went a long way toward the sale. My point in the above was that cookbooks and kitchen appliances go for next to nothing. I bought so much stuff with them I had to put the brakes on it all. I could see even buying kitchen appliances from periods like 50's/60's 70's/80's etc. After awhile, you could just look at it and tell when it was made.




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Post# 382794 , Reply# 6   12/17/2017 at 15:49 (935 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
Nice collection, n0oxy!

Its also practical to have humidifiers to use during the winter.

I'm into toasters, mixers, hotplates, waffle irons, sandwich toasters.
Trying to find the 1st example of each when it was invented is also
my goal

My 1st's include the G.E. D-12 Electric Toaster, the Universal Mixer,
the Westinghouse Hotplate, and the Universal Waffle Iron.

Post# 382795 , Reply# 7   12/17/2017 at 15:59 (935 days old) by kenkart ()        
I have the first GE

Toaster with the toast rack, but it needs restoration.

Post# 382797 , Reply# 8   12/17/2017 at 16:29 (935 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
when were these introduced

So, does anyone know when these appliances were first introduced? I know mixers have been around for a while, my grandmother had a mix master, that was probably made in the 1940's or 1950's. My mom and dad received a blender and an electric can opener when they got married in 1970 but I think those appliances were around before that. I've heard toasters mentioned in TV shows from the 1950's, so they were around by that point. I wonder when humidifiers came on to the market, I know the ultrasonic models came out in the 1980's but I think humidifiers of some type were around before that. Certainly the vaporizers that use a heating element to boil water and release steam were around before then, but I'm not sure when the cool mist ones were invented. When I was growing up, we had a Hankscraft cool mist humidifier, interestingly, those are collector's items now. The one we had would always wet the floor, the mist it produced was too thick.

Post# 382802 , Reply# 9   12/17/2017 at 18:20 (935 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

You can figure that with the advent of electricity in homes, the appliances started to come out as fast as they were invented. Rural homes were quite a differnt deal than urban, as they typically lagged behind in 'newfangled devices'.


From the 40's on it was a race for the most 'conveniences' in the kitchen. By the 50's most people had a TV and then that launched the 'space age' in appliances.....a salesman's dream market.



Post# 382807 , Reply# 10   12/17/2017 at 19:03 (935 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Actually Sunbeam Mixmasters are still made, but aren't nearly as well made as the old ones and don't have attachments like they did in the 80s and prior.

I have so much stuff already, that sometimes I worry I could become a hoarder. But I've been getting better lately at not buying stuff that I think would be nice, but I don't need. Just because it's nice and I can afford it doesn't mean I need it because it will just be something else in the way. It can be hard because much of what I like to do for fun is go for drives on the weekend to relax after a long week. Usually this involves go to yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc. At least it is cheap compared to going other places like theme parks, movies, etc.

In a way the last few years it was getting worse because I first started out with fans, which my collection really started growing after 2008. Then I discovered vintage vacuums and got some of those, but they took up too much space so I stopped getting them. Then about two years ago I started getting into small appliances more, such as mixers. I was getting a few smalls back in 2008, but this time it was more.

Now I've been getting into light fixtures, which like small appliances don't take up as much space as vacuums.

Post# 382819 , Reply# 11   12/17/2017 at 22:09 (934 days old) by Kenkart ()        

Kitchen aid 1919 universal mix a beater 1918,I have these' sunbeam mixmaster 1930,I have many of the first models, I have the early single beater Edison hot point mixer as well as the 1930s hotpoints

Post# 382830 , Reply# 12   12/17/2017 at 23:10 (934 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
The hoarding gene...

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I have to fight that tendency. It runs deep in my family. My paternal grandparents' house, where they lived for more than 50 years, was packed to the gills with stuff. One room upstairs had actually had its door changed to open outward instead of inward and quite literally, nobody had set foot in there in years. All you could do was lean in and reach.

My dad collected antique toys for most of his adult life and now I'm saddled with about 90 percent of that collection and selling it stuff off is a job in and of itself. I spent about 14 hours photographing and listing stuff on eBay this weekend. I have to sell a minimum of $165--after expenses--each month, just to stay even with the storage unit rent. It's enough to make me swear off collecting anything, but I haven't done that just yet. I'm just becoming a whole lot pickier about what I bring into the house and I've started selling off some of my own stuff in addition to Dad's collection.

In addition to my modest assortment of 18 vacuum cleaners and related accessories and supplies, I also have about a dozen cameras of various types, along with way too many lenses, flashes, tripods and other related items. I also have a handful of vintage stereo components, some of which get more use than others. I also collect fine writing instruments, especially hand turned wood pens. I love them because they're small and don't take up much space.

Honestly, I can see the day in the not too distant future when I'm just going to have to have a big ass auction and unload a bunch of stuff without worrying whether I'm getting top dollar for it. It'll be hard to do, but I'll certainly feel better about it afterward.

Post# 382835 , Reply# 13   12/18/2017 at 00:32 (934 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
As far as I know...

The G.E. D-12 Toaster was patented in 1908

The Universal Waffle Iron (actually Thermax
by Landers, Frary and Clark) dates from abt. 1910.

The Westinghouse Hot Plate (originally called
a Table Stove) also dates from 1910.

Post# 382841 , Reply# 14   12/18/2017 at 04:06 (934 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Interesting story Edgar, about your dad's stuff. I kinda had a conversation about my junk with my son today......didn't go well. He said he'd hire someone to come in and get rid of it all. I'm gonna try to make other arrangements. Hopefully, my grandson will grow up to have a head on his shoulders and do something more than 'hire someone to get rid of it all'. Auctioneers ask for up to 40% these days...probably do just as well selling to a pawn shop. I too have an assortment of cameras and Fuji quit making film for one of them a few yrs ago...right after I bought the camera and felt like I was 'safe' on the film issue.


I've got an early West Bend convection oven/skillet combo that is an amazing appliance. The top fan pulls off and you can seal the lid and cook conventional without it (two separate cords; one for the fan, one for the heating element!). I think the coil that runs the brushless fan isn't quite up to snuff as it takes awhile for the fan to get to speed. I had the original manual for it, but temp misplaced it in this move. I found a manual online that covers this cooker....with a lot more recipes than my original. So I've been combing the Net for West Bend products and I need to knock that off





Post# 382842 , Reply# 15   12/18/2017 at 05:16 (934 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Besides vacuums-have a collection of small appliances such as mixers,blenders,few food processors and--waffle machines.Other "appliances" would be HID lighting MH,HPS,and a few mercury.Portible lights HID,LED.Would I be a vacuholic,mixoholic,and flashoholic?

Post# 382860 , Reply# 16   12/18/2017 at 15:25 (934 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have a lot of

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(not EVERYTHING) that Hoover made.
If you look in Vintage, post entitled. "Getting ready for the HOOVER gallery, care to see some photos?" You'll see a lot of what I've collected.

Post# 382882 , Reply# 17   12/19/2017 at 07:31 (933 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Small collector here. Like vacuums I tend to try a few to get the one that works best for what I want/ am doing. Its how it got started for me. Mixers, blenders, cooking pots, mixing bowls. About it.

Post# 382896 , Reply# 18   12/19/2017 at 16:22 (933 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Iíve been known to collect vacuums, of course, but most people probably donít know that I also collect all sorts of things. Irons were the first non-vacuum collection, mostly vintage electric irons. I also have a couple old fans, and want more. Then there are vintage radios, mostly tabletop and clock radios, and of course mixers and blenders. None of these collections are as large in numbers as the vacuum collection though. Someday Iíll have one of those houses completely set up with vintage everything. A time capsule house! Not to say there wonít be modern electronics and such hiding around...

Post# 382935 , Reply# 19   12/20/2017 at 08:42 (932 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
old radios

I've heard that with old radios, especially the ones with tubes, that if you touch them when they are plugged in that you will get zapped, does anyone know if there is anytruth to this? Also, got the first humidifier I ordered, the Crane model, very nice.

Post# 382936 , Reply# 20   12/20/2017 at 09:18 (932 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
yes and no...

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Touching the outside of the cabinet of an old tube radio or TV set won't hurt you but what's inside definitely can, if you don't know what you're doing. When I took an electronics class in high school, the teacher demonstrated by waving a neon tube around in the open space in the back of a TV set and it lit up without being connected to anything. That said, the really dangerous charges aren't stored in the tubes but in the capacitors, which can hold a charge for quite some time after the set is turned off and unplugged.

Post# 382944 , Reply# 21   12/20/2017 at 14:51 (932 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Edgar nailed it!

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The outside of a vintage tube radio or TV wonít hurt you, get inside to the chassis, thatís a different story! In addition to vacuums, I also collect electric fans, vintage Christmas Lights, and antique tube TVís and radios. The old TVís are the worst! They can store voltages inside certain areas that are in excess of 15Kv (15,000 volts), plenty enough to kill a person if they werenít careful. I heard an old repair tech one time say ďthey call them flyback transformers for a touch one, and youíll most likely Ďflybackí out of that case!Ē

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Post# 382958 , Reply# 22   12/20/2017 at 22:40 (931 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
capacitors and ultrasonic humidifiers

These are also found in microwaves and switching power supplies I think, I've never opened one of these and I don't think I want to. I find it really interesting how these ultrasonic humidifiers work, apparently what drives the ultrasonic transducer is a pieso electric driver, apparently these have quite a charge as well. At one point, curiosity got the better of me and I took off the tank while one of them was running and stuck my finger in the ripple of water. It was a very weird sensation, not a shock per say but it felt like my finger was getting slammed in a car door, definitely proves that there is a lot of water in your skin. It's interesting that a vibration like that can actually break up water in to a mist. All ultrasonic humidifiers I have seen also have an automatic shut off, I guess the transducer running without water would cause it to overheat.

Post# 382962 , Reply# 23   12/21/2017 at 09:08 (931 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
more on getting shocked by old radios

Here is the text that I had read about getting shocked by old radios, it probably explains it better than I did in my previous message.
The following applies to a great deal of really old electronics, not just the radios described below. They were often called something like "AC/DC sets" with no power transformer, no isolation, and the metal chassis and other user accessible parts connected directly to one side of the AC line.
(From: Jim Locke (
Tube radios made several decades ago are now collectors' items (literally 100s are offered for auction on eBay) and they had a metal chassis which was often connected to one side of the AC line. The user would get a shock if he or she simultaneously touched the electrically hot chassis and a separate ground. There was no safe way for the plug. Commonly, the chassis would be hot when the radio was off but at ground potential when the radio was on, or vice versa, depending on which way the plug was in the outlet. Earlier radios had set screws in their knobs, which provided electrical connection from a human turning the knob to the chassis. Also, screws through the bottom of the case connected to the chassis, and the back had ventilation holes large enough for fingers to reach the chassis. So, it was easy to connect the body to the chassis. Later models provided isolated chassis, plastic shafts for the knobs, etc., but still presented a shock hazard. I would recommend that collectors of working tube radios power them through GFCI devices. Furthermore, in a collection of radios, each radio should have a separate GFCI device, to detect when a human completes the circuit between two radios! If the two radios are on the same GFCI device, it will not trip. There is still a shock hazard with either or both radios switched off, but plugged in. More information may be found at Fun With Tubes .

Post# 382968 , Reply# 24   12/21/2017 at 14:10 (931 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
ultrasonic devices

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n0oxy wrote:
At one point, curiosity got the better of me and I took off the tank while one of them was running and stuck my finger in the ripple of water. It was a very weird sensation, not a shock per say but it felt like my finger was getting slammed in a car door, definitely proves that there is a lot of water in your skin.

I reply:
I remember a similar sensation when I stuck my hand in the water tank of an ultrasonic cleaning device for window blinds. It did indeed feel a bit like a mild electrical tingle but the guy running it said it was completely harmless, just the ultrasonic vibrations passing through the water and my hand.

Post# 383037 , Reply# 25   12/22/2017 at 23:59 (929 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp MI)        
I have a few old TVs and radios...

Regarding lethality of vintage electronics, HV in a TV set is painful but has almost no current and thus is not even close to lethal. I even proved that myself one day when I forgot to connect the ground clip on my high voltage probe to the chassis. People online can get quite hyperbolic on this subject. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND VOLTS just has a scarey sound to it. Hot chassis radios are fine if you don't have it disasembled, running, and are grounded yourself. It is quite a big critera to match to get shocked. And to those who jump up and down over electrolytic filter caps being lethal, yes they are if somehow you bridge the connection with both hands. When people get shocked working on electronics usually ones hand touches two things simultainously shocking just that hand.

For those wanting some entertainment and to learn a bit about vintage electronics I suggest you look at these three youtube channels. Shango066 can repair almost anything and has a unique sense of humor. 'TVPhonoNut has an affinity for vintage classroom record players and goes on long winded rants about "how things used(and aut) to be". Doug Harland (DRH4683) is 1960s through and through(in everything but his age).


Post# 383041 , Reply# 26   12/23/2017 at 01:52 (929 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

TV set CRT voltage-careful here in saying its lethal or not-it MAY be LETHAL to an elder person with a weak heart-so still be CAREFUL!!!!As we get older a voltage that was not dangerous while you were younger-MAY be dangerous as you get older.

AC-DC sets-Hot chassis sets should be wired with a polarized cord-the chassis is wired to the wide or neutral pin on the cord and plug.Or the sets can be run from an isolation transformer.These are available from electronic suppliers.You will absolutely need that iso-former if you are doing troubleshooting and tests on the AC-DC units.I made up one from some military surplus gear.The transformer was marked 1A @120V-I ran a 10A load off it just fine!!!Did not heat up at all!!!Most military and surplus stuff has overating on them.

Post# 383046 , Reply# 27   12/23/2017 at 09:47 (929 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
got my humidifiers and considering a couple more

Got all three of the humidifiers I ordered, I now have 13 I think, will have to count them to know for sure. All of them are really nice, I definitely prefer the ultrasonics over the evaporative type, no filters to replace and much quieter, the only down side is they leave a white dust on everything, and that requires a wet rag to remove, a vacuum's dusting brush doesn't really remove it for some reason.

Post# 383055 , Reply# 28   12/23/2017 at 13:01 (929 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
Solved your problem, n0oxy

Click on the link for a primer concerning
that very issue, as well as its solutions.


Post# 383062 , Reply# 29   12/23/2017 at 16:08 (929 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Capehart anyone?

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Hello All,
At one point I owned 5 of these monstrous beauties. They are heavy and big. I only have 2 now and the older one has what was called an extended control which I believe I can call rare.
The cracks in the lens were caused by a falling objects during one of our famous California Earthquakes, the October 1, 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 383081 , Reply# 30   12/24/2017 at 03:04 (928 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

NICE---Hear these are VERY rare.High End Hi-Fi from long ago!Can we see a shot of the electronics?

Post# 383092 , Reply# 31   12/24/2017 at 15:12 (928 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Sorry, lots of dust and not a vacuum in sight LOL

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Hello All and tolivac,
Well here it is. This one was owned by my great aunt. When it was in my dad's house and I was about 10 I would blast away when my parents were not home on AM and FM stations, It only plays 78s. The one with the Singer in front of it is older and was more expensive. While the older one is a bit more archaic but is more deluxe. It is the one with the extended control which will remotely flip the records, change station and volume all at a push of a button, it has dual amplifiers. I bought this in the early 70s and moved it out of an old mansion with the help of a friend and hauled it in my 1953 Buick wagon back to my small apartment, not where the Buick is pictured. I had many things in my past and a number of the are gone including the Buick. As a wise somebody said, life goes on, LOL.
Packing, crating or just moving them around is a whole lot of fun, sure.
I hope you all like the pictures.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 383101 , Reply# 32   12/25/2017 at 00:48 (927 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Those Capehearts are impressive pieces of equipment!And so solid-those could last a good long time with care.My Grandmother had a cabinet full of 78's played a lot of them at her house-she had a Garrard TT connected to a Heathkit mono amp my granddad built.Played thru some big wood cabinet speaker he also made-He didn't have stereo.Was still fun being a "DJ" at his place-My grandmother enjoyed me playing the records.She also had a GE "Kiddie" record player decorated with cartoon charactors and would play the records on that,too-had a funky,tinny sound.I ave seen the automatic Capeheart TT's on Youtube and quite impressed with them-a real beautiful piece of equipment.Like how they can play the "flip" sides of records!And they appear to be more gentile than other automatic TT's.I did see on one YouTube video----Instead of "record player","TT","Phonograph"-the titel says "RECORD READER!"It was a classroom record player.

Post# 383132 , Reply# 33   12/26/2017 at 12:24 (926 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Heathkit my Dad built up so many of them

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Hello All and tolivav,
My dad had so many Heathkits when he passed away. I sold almost all of the about 15 years ago.
He was a sound technician during the first talking pictures, repaired TVs after the War for a short time and then went back to the studios.
Some of his other Heathkit items would have made great props on a SiFi flick or a Halloween party. I still have the TV/Radio Tube checker as I thought it would come in handy.
Heathkit items were both educational and a lesser expensive way of getting test equipment or building an amplifier as you grandfather did.
Grandparent were great, you could do things and play with thing your parents wouldn't let you.
Enjoy and thank you for looking,

Post# 383151 , Reply# 34   12/27/2017 at 00:38 (925 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

My Dad also built and so did I-Dynakits-these were Hi-fi components.Have assembled St70 amps for radio stations,too.Was getting to the point I could build them in my sleep!Nice kits-wish kits were still around-tubed kits were so easy to build.And they worked the first time!!!!The kit building was good during those transmitter "babysitting" days-when radio stations used to have manned transmitter sites.The VOA one I am at now is the only one I know of.

Post# 383276 , Reply# 35   12/30/2017 at 07:42 (922 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
got 4 humidifiers going

This is probably the coldest it's been here in years, so the air is quite dry. I currently have 4 of my humidifiers going. My Guardian technologies one is going in the living room, the Crane digital is running in the dining room, the air-innovations one is going in one of my bedrooms and the heaven fresh unit is going in my other bedroom. I do tend to switch them out now and then. Normally I use the Vornado in the living room but I decided to switch for a while. Even with 4 going, it does not feel muggy at all, the relative humidity is still below 50 percent I think. It's always nice when you can put the appliances that you collect to some good use.

Post# 383344 , Reply# 36   12/31/2017 at 10:34 (921 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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In addition to vacuums I collect washers and dryers, tv sets, radios and percolators. I have a few more small kitchen appliances. The TV sets collection is the largest collection I have with over 100 sets from the 40s to the 80s, tabletops to consoles. I have over 20 washers and dryers, just under 100 radios and probably 20 percolators.


I know someone else had mentioned about his son not wanting his stuff and what his son would do if something were to happen. My feelings on this, I understand what I collect doesn't interest many people. So if something happens to me, this is what I would prefer to happen. First take whatever they may want. Then offer stuff up to the club members of the various collection site. Vacuums here, washers and dryers on, so on and so forth. After that, hire an estate sale company to see what they can sell. Whatever is left, donate to a local charity. At that, whatever is left that the charity doesn't want to take, just take it to the dump then.

Post# 383353 , Reply# 37   12/31/2017 at 15:23 (921 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

It's always the amps that can kill you....we can take thousands of volts easily, but not if there is significant amperage...POW!


A good electrician will never take a probe in each hand and doodle around inside a disconnect box.....bad juju. I've hear old time radio/ham people say the same; don't go to the chassis with both hands.



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Post# 383354 , Reply# 38   12/31/2017 at 15:27 (921 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

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Post# 383370 , Reply# 39   1/1/2018 at 02:08 (920 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

At the transmitter site--the GROUNDING STICK is your freind along with the HV and plate voltmeters on the transmitters.If you see a reading on one of those with power off- STOP!!!!!!The supply is still charged--waiting to get you.Look away while grounding it out-the flash.One man has been killed here-and almost another so we have to be CAREFUL here.Yes-there are thousands of volts here with amps to back them.Yes if you have to measure with a prtable meter-connect it-DON'T HOLD it then take a reading-power off ground,then disconnect the meter.also a portable meter can EXPLODE if too high a voltage is applied to it or if its set to ohms or amp by mistake.Also DON'T use those meter neck straps!!!!!A STUPID you want to "wear" your meter when its connected to a possibly LETHAL voltage?I wouldn't trust my life to a meter case.

Post# 383515 , Reply# 40   1/3/2018 at 16:47 (918 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Besides vacuums

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I have a collection of lots of kitchen gadgets. I love all the mixers, food processors, toasters, pressure cookers etc. I don't have multiples of all of these, but I usually have to have at least one of everything at the Kitchen store.

Then there is laundry detergent. I have myself quite a stash of different laundry detergents.

Post# 383676 , Reply# 41   1/6/2018 at 11:08 (915 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
another humidifier for the collection

I should get this today, it's made by a company called homedics. This one sounds awesome, it actually has two water tanks so it should run for a long time on one filling.


Post# 383755 , Reply# 42   1/7/2018 at 14:21 (914 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
got the new humidifier

Got the new Homedics humidifier, very nice. This is the first one I have that uses two tanks. I'm not sure how they got this to work, but it will use the water in the right tank first, then switch to the left one, perhaps the base is slanted slightly so it works this way, but I can't tell for sure. It provides warm or cool mist and 5 mist levels, a very nice humidifier for sure.

Post# 399076 , Reply# 43   10/1/2018 at 20:00 (647 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Does anyone else collect or have an interest in luggage? I love coming across great deals on used luggage in thrift stores. Like vacuums, I have a fondness for luggage that's well made and durable. Most of the durable luggage I have found has been from the 80s and typically USA made.

Recently came across this Samsonite Silhouette 4 two-wheeled suitcase from 1987. It has a few scrapes and scratches, but its in pretty good shape and the inside was fairly clean, only minor wear. What I most like about this suitcase is that it is hard sided and has a great stowable handle for rolling. It also has very robust closures and a nice sturdy handle for carrying the suitcase.

Samsonite still make the Silhouette series of luggage, but the newer cases don't seem to be anywhere near as robust as the older models. Anyways, just thought I'd share.

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Post# 399089 , Reply# 44   10/2/2018 at 00:27 (646 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

That case is just like mine!!Unfortunately one of the wheels on the base is gone--broke off on a trip from Greenville to LA-so the case has to be carried-and gets HEAVY!!!Going to replace the one I have.Next trip will look at newer bags.Dragging the case with the missing tire is no fun in a large airport such as LA's.

Post# 399100 , Reply# 45   10/2/2018 at 09:22 (646 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Rex, luckily the wheels on mine are still in good shape. Have you checked to see if the wheels can be replaced? We have a store in town that repairs luggage, though may be cheaper to buy a new used one versus the cost of replacement wheels.

I had the wheels replaced on a smaller Hartmann brand suitcase, and I think it was $50 or so. The Samsonite was only $6.50 or something at Goodwill so I won't complain too much if it only last for a little while. They can be rough with them at the airport!

Post# 399119 , Reply# 46   10/2/2018 at 16:40 (646 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I don't currently collect any other appliances.
If I could, I'd have at least a couple of vintage washers and dryers, but I have no room.

That being said, I'm not "accused" of being a hoarder...I'm a hoarder.
So I have "collections" of lots of other things.
Kerosene lanterns.
Battery-powered flashing barricade lights. (And one electric one)
Diecast vehicles.
Old Columbia bicycles.
Western Electric/Bell System telephones and memorabilia.
Vintage ads and tin signs. Some are new reproductions.
Real cars, to a degree. I developed a bad habit of not getting rid of one when I bought another one.
Plus, I have one that I used to put in local shows, back when I had some disposable income.
And, of course, about sixteen or so vacuums.
And I'm sure I have a hoard of something else that I'm forgetting to mention.
Too bad it's not $100 bills!


Post# 399121 , Reply# 47   10/2/2018 at 18:20 (646 days old) by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        
I have 4 Rowenta irons.

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All top of the line models, each one came out about 4 years after each prior.

Interesting evolution of their theories of steam control...

Up until a little more than decade ago they were pioneers of a pressure relief valve system which channeled to the steam sole plate and shot out a massive burst of steam every 10 seconds or so, then after they realized that calcium build up caused malfunctioning and eventual early failure, they came out with a micro water pump with an activation trigger just in front under the handle like a gun trigger that pumped steam on demand continually up to 20 seconds.

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Post# 399130 , Reply# 48   10/2/2018 at 22:30 (645 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Nice Barry, sounds like you collect some interesting items! I too like lanterns, but the ones I have are Coleman liquid fuel camping lanterns.

Bill, I too like irons, but usually some of the General Electric ones from the 70s and 80s. I wanted to get one of the Oreck cordless irons since they were cordless, but not sure how well they work. I've heard Rowenta irons are nice :)

Post# 399136 , Reply# 49   10/3/2018 at 02:41 (645 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

There are no luggage repair places my way-haven't seen such a place in many,many years!Think I will just replace the bag.I will leave the old one in the attic in case I run into a wheel.

Post# 399140 , Reply# 50   10/3/2018 at 09:41 (645 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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I have a small collection of kitchen appliances along with my cookbook collection. While I vastly prefer my vintage Hobart N50 Commercial Mixer, I also like the Sunbeam Mixmaster. I have a Hoover coffee maker and a Hoover Iron as well as Tri-Pan. I love all the vintage colors as well as the chrome.

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Post# 399150 , Reply# 51   10/3/2018 at 21:11 (645 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Nice collection Tom and a nice shelving unit to display all those beauties! :) Wish I had more space to display mine.

Post# 399183 , Reply# 52   10/4/2018 at 19:43 (644 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        
Super nice display, Tom

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It's great to not only collect but also have the ability to properly display our treasures.  Yours look great !




..... and I had no idea people were collecting bottled water containers.   wink


  Seriously though, do we think there are people who have collected, and still collect bottle water drink containers?!  surprised

 Remember when bottled water started becoming 'a thing' back in like the 90s?  .... you know there's someone out who does collect.  When asked I'm sure it would be something like: "no, I don't collect ALL of them.  Just the personal size containers under 20 oz. and made by Dasani and Crystal Mountain."  "The rare brands are really going up in value, too." "I wish I had the commemorative bottles made by___________ from rare"   



Post# 399184 , Reply# 53   10/4/2018 at 20:20 (644 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        
And just so people don't think I'm mocking anyone

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choice collections, I've been known to collect things.   laughing


When I was a kid, like 7 or so, I collected (unused) napkins from restaurants, birthday parties, holiday, ect.  

I think I also collected dominoes.  

Then in my teens I started collecting vacuums, large appliances, small appliances, and miniature christmas lights.  

Of course who didn't have a record/cassette/cd collection?  Does that even count?  I suppose it would if you collected all the same album.



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Post# 399195 , Reply# 54   10/5/2018 at 09:09 (643 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I used to save napkins too.

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I had them from notable places in NY, etc. some of those places are long gone.
I have (not sure how it happened) a ton of other Hoover appliances. You can see them in the Vintage section.
Look under the post: "Preparing the Hoover gallery. Care to see some Hoovers"?") You'll see an arsenal.
I, too, have a lot of vintage Christmas lights, etc.
Why do we do this?

Post# 399200 , Reply# 55   10/5/2018 at 15:33 (643 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I've just started indulging my fascination with garbage disposals...

Post# 399217 , Reply# 56   10/6/2018 at 03:30 (642 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Do have a small collection of disposers-it started when the maintenance engineer from an apartment house I lived in gave me a few used ones-and also fan/blower motors from HVAC units.
Lately my gun collecting bug has bitten me-have added several new ones to my collection.
And---my lighting collection-have added some new lights,portable and fixed.

Post# 399266 , Reply# 57   10/7/2018 at 15:15 (641 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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lol  "Why do we do this?"


I wouldn't worry about it.  It's innocent.  You're not hurting anybody and it's a natural process.  Lots of boys do it.  

collecting vacuum is perfectly normal.  

I'm very interested in seeing your hoard.  

Post# 399295 , Reply# 58   10/8/2018 at 00:54 (640 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

So is collecting other things,too!Humans are like packrats-they will collect things they like.Same with crows!

Post# 399319 , Reply# 59   10/8/2018 at 21:24 (640 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Installed September 1961

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My dad installed for my mom. It is long gone and for some reason I have is this booklet for it.

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Post# 399325 , Reply# 60   10/8/2018 at 22:22 (639 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        
that color

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Was it really that cool color of Sherwood green or turquoise?

Post# 399331 , Reply# 61   10/9/2018 at 00:39 (639 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Too nice of a disposer to hide under the sink!

Post# 399336 , Reply# 62   10/9/2018 at 08:35 (639 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was going to say

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the same thing.
That's when appliances were getting The Convertible 69, "Neptune Green".

Post# 399347 , Reply# 63   10/9/2018 at 13:00 (639 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Yes it was

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Yes, the color of the Lady Kenmore disposer was a shade of turquoise as seen on the pamphlet. Our eyes of today see that as way to good looking to hide under the sink.
Many things were move stylized than needed for their use. I know my dad bought it because he liked Kenmore products not because of way it looked and my mom just wanted a working garbage disposer.
Collecting I think is okay and can be fun. Some collect for profit and that is okay too. Have no fear collecting is here for the young also. Most likely the many items not yet made will be collected.
Now I am not sure I would call a sewing machine a small appliance but they also can be interesting, if not for function it would be for style. Pictured is a White Model 765 form about 1965 in all of its golden metallic glory.
I believe collecting is caused by a contagious disease passed on from bug bite.
Keep the good work up.

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Post# 399447 , Reply# 64   10/12/2018 at 21:53 (635 days old) by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Iím trying to curb the collecting habit however when 2 sets of maytags come along how can one resist!! Both photos were the machines in their original habitat, once the basement is done Iíll post updated ones!

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Post# 399455 , Reply# 65   10/13/2018 at 01:30 (635 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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I like that 50s kitchen in the colonial home in the second picture.  


Are you going to get both sets?


We to see your basement/show room.  Awesome.

Post# 399490 , Reply# 66   10/13/2018 at 21:04 (635 days old) by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I already have both sets plan on using them as regular machines. One set has been repaired/serviced, the other set just the washer has been serviced and in use and the dryer is in the midst of being repaired. So once the basement is finished (French drain, sealed and mortared walls) Iíll get a pic of both sets next to each other.

Post# 399499 , Reply# 67   10/13/2018 at 22:20 (634 days old) by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Hooked up and ready to wash!

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Post# 399503 , Reply# 68   10/13/2018 at 22:28 (634 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Just got this one, going to install this with some family that had more food waste for me to shove down it, that live nearby... I have heard that this thing is a real beast...

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Post# 399515 , Reply# 69   10/14/2018 at 01:24 (634 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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Can I call you Grand Marquis?  


You plan to actually install and use that beauty?  Just my humble opinion: it's too nice to gunk up.  I love the color with the gold name plate. 


It looks sort of like a ISE disposer, though the mounting plate doesn't look familiar.

Post# 399516 , Reply# 70   10/14/2018 at 01:30 (634 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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Thanks for the pic.  It looks like you've updated all the utilities.  


I like that flat panel on the MTs.  We had a dryer like that when I was a kid but it had a handle you had to grab and turn to open the door.


Just realized the other MT set has the back lit panel, if I'm not mistaken.  That's a show stopper.  


It's nicer to have sets that are matched pairs.  Something that is more difficult to find.

Post# 401520 , Reply# 71   11/27/2018 at 10:40 (590 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I collect vintage computers and game systems as well as vacuum cleaners.

Post# 401944 , Reply# 72   12/4/2018 at 17:54 (583 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Over the past six or eight months, I've found myself accumulating vintage analog volt/ohm/milliammeters (aka multi-testers or multimeters). I acquired about twenty of them in a six- or eight-week period this past spring and finally had to make a conscious decision not to get any more. But I recently fell off the wagon and acquired a few additional meters. I don't know what it is I find so appealing about them but at least they don't take up much space. I think that over the holidays I'm going to go through my collection and thin out things a little, maybe just keep my top ten meters...or maybe twelve...or maybe....

Post# 401982 , Reply# 73   12/5/2018 at 03:51 (582 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Lots of BROKEN meters at where I work-they get either sent out for repair or surplused.

Post# 401986 , Reply# 74   12/5/2018 at 07:20 (582 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Vacuum cleaners? People collect vacuum cleaners? I've never heard of such a thing!

But seriously, folks...

I collect all sorts of items. Mainly the Sweepers, but other artifacts including:
-kitchen appliances
-Landline Telephones (pre 1980), not just Bell System, but GTE as well
-older hand tools
-older power tools
-Swingline Staplers

There are plenty of other doodads and mini collections, but these are some primary items.

Post# 402011 , Reply# 75   12/5/2018 at 16:28 (582 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Tolivac wrote:
Lots of BROKEN meters at where I work-they get either sent out for repair or surplused.

I reply:
Yes, the ones I'm most fond of are the older ones that are built to be repaired and calibrated, such as the Simpson 260 series. Like many things today, modern digital meters seem to be designed to be discarded after a fairly short useful lifespan. Analog meters from Radio Shack also seem to survive in large numbers, perhaps because they were more often bought by hobbyists and saw only occasional use on home workbenches instead of being put to more punishing professional/industrial use.

Post# 402036 , Reply# 76   12/5/2018 at 21:05 (581 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

I too have a love of small appliances and thanks to Hans Craig, have been building up my mixer collection! I also collect vintage lawn sprinklers-mostly Rain King. I love vintage table linens and have a huge collection of tablecloths and napkins. Goes along with my enjoyment of ironing, I guess! To each his (or her) own! Greg

Post# 402340 , Reply# 77   12/10/2018 at 20:51 (576 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
another humidifier

Have not checked this board for a while, lots of new messages in this thread, I got another humidifier for my collection, this one is a steam one. It's awesome, it actually has three different steam modes including one that puts out steam at room temperature, that sounds contradictory but it works. I think it boils the water and is cooled by a fan as it exits the top grill.


Post# 402804 , Reply# 78   12/18/2018 at 10:04 (569 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
How about electric portable space heaters

I have two parabolic heaters, one is a 1928 Edison Electric and the other is a mid-fifties Superlectric. The Edison is all copper and the other is light brown with a chrome dish. No fans, they are personal heaters, the other heaters are from the 40's-60's, they have fans and are considered room heaters. One of them is rated 1670watts!Others also in the collection are fun to use from time to time, they all work and most don't have thermostat just plug them in. Am I the only one,lol?

Post# 404013 , Reply# 79   1/13/2019 at 13:31 (543 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
another humidifier

I just got another steam humidifier for the collection, it's awesome. Also, for my ultrasonic models, I have started using distilled water, it's a bit of an exercise carrying 10 or 12 jugs up my apartment building staircase, but it avoids the issue of white dust getting all over everything. This new steam humidifier is made by Boneco and also uses a fan to help distribute the steam, it has sort of a tower design, I think this one and the vornado steam humidifier I mentioned in a previous message are the best steam humidifiers available.


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