What's This Box Used For?

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What's This Box Used For?
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I'm renting a 1930's home in Santa Barbara and recently cleaned out/organized the garage. I found this box that appears to be made from sheet metal. Does anyone know what it's original purpose or use was?

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pstarSR Aug 13, 2018 07:24 PM
What's This Box Used For?

looks like an old electrical box with holes for conduit in the side. either a junction box or service box, but I dont see any rails or busses and no attachments for a buss.

a-1534201209 Aug 13, 2018 04:00 PM
What's This Box Used For?

Reminds me of my old outdoor fuse box, where the meter dials mounted inside and with the eight fuses lodged down below the two dials. When I had my electrical redone there was a bit of a conflict with Edison, as the company thought I should mount the new, much larger box on the front of my lovely old 1905 house and not at the rear, where the old box had been forever and ever. Eventually, and not without some stringent heels-dug-in attitude on my part, we compromised and the box is now situated proud and ugly but at the side of my house. (We painted the box to match the house, so it now looks sort of okay.) And, yes, we opted out of the smart meter.

CoastWatch Aug 13, 2018 12:33 PM
What's This Box Used For?

Street light signal box. It's where the controller for the street signal lights was located and well as the Knob and Tube wire loom.

RoadsTech Aug 13, 2018 02:56 PM
What's This Box Used For?

Back then traffic signal boxes were made of heavy cast metal with a large hole in the bottom for the post and conductors and a defined groove for the rubber seal around the door and would not have a hole out the side.....so no, this is a light weight service box.

a-1534186469 Aug 13, 2018 11:54 AM
What's This Box Used For?

Looks like it would be an exterior wall mounted utilities box for residential services. Weather cap, holes in bottom and out the side. Some kind of demarc; phone or power.

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