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  1. Lucien Nunes
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    Lucien Nunes Mercury Arc Rectifier Trusted Advisor

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    You've seen some curious stuff in my vintage picture puzzles before but what can you make of this black box? I want to know not only what's inside but also its main electrical specifications; there are two in particular for which I need the actual figures.

    There will be a few picture clues to help you along...

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    looks like wet-pants has put his header tank in the wrong place.
     
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    A box holding batteries for an early F/A system
     
  4. Pete999
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    Come on Lucien give us 1 teeny itsy bitsy clue then
     
  5. stantheman
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    Transformer.
     
  6. Lucien Nunes
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    Not a transformer. Here's your first clue:

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    Would it be a pressure/water head level switch sensor/switch? I'm guessing there is a pipe from the big one into the box and then the rusty small one is a vent to allow the water to rise.
     
  8. Lucien Nunes
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    The box is maybe a mile away and has no pipes connected to it, only cables.
     
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    Sump pump control mechanism, OR a wigwam for grinding smoke
     
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  10. Lucien Nunes
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    No sumps or pumps needed here Pete. Although the clues provide information relating to the use of the box, they aren't necessarily part of its functionality.
     
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    The two metal brackets suggest the black box is heavy and the two black pads on the right might be because it is important the box's innards are kept level .
     
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  12. Lucien Nunes
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    Those robust metal stays and the strong wooden shelf do give the impression that the box contains a beefy transformer or ballast. In fact I was able to lift it off while standing on a stepladder and pass it down to someone.
     
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    Looks like the lid of the box has a lid which clamps down and possibly seals so that it is airtight?
     
  14. Pete999
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    I know, it's your tool box with all your best tools inside, I knew all along your just a closet tool tart. Or you have been to Oak Island and found the Templar Treasure.
     
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