US Patent No: 5,096,431

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Outlet receptable with rearrangeable terminals

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An electrical outlet receptacle block is provided with input terminals movable to selected positions for engagement with terminals of an electrical junction block having a plurality of terminals representing a plurality of different electrical circuits. The outlet receptacle block has neutral, ground and positive flexible conductor bars electrically connected to neutral, ground and positive receptacle output terminals, respectively. Input terminals of the receptacle block are formed integral with the flexible conductor bars and levers are provided for moving the terminal ends of the flexible conductor bars to physically different positions. In one configuration, the receptacle block housing is provided with openings at opposite ends and the flexible conductor bars have terminal ends controlled by levers at both ends of the outlet receptacle block. In another configuration, the receptacle block has output terminals in a front wall and the input terminals of the receptacle block are formed as ends of the flexible bars and extending at an approximately 90-degree angle to the bars and through openings in the back wall of the outlet receptacle for engagement with terminals of a junction block. Levers are provided on the back wall of the receptacle block for positioning the terminal ends in alignment with different terminals of the junction block and windowed openings in the front wall expose indices on the levers identifying selected circuits.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Byrne, Norman R Ada, MI 187 1331

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