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Vintage Thermostat

John Newman Jr.

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Age
64
Last Subscription Date
01/10/2019
I have a classic single pole thermostat that works as well as it should, but the little (and I do mean little!) glass thermometer on the front is broken. Wondering if anyone knows where I might find a replacement. Length of the glass thermometer is roughly 2-1/4".
Unit is a Minneapolis Honeywell. Quite old, I would imagine. I find it having an accordian bellows to move the sealed mercury switch interesting. Was working and in use when we bought our house, but wife wanted a new one. I took it to the basement and just recently came across it again. Please look at the pictures and see what you think.Thermostat 01.JPGThermostat 02.JPGThermostat 03.JPGThermostat 04.JPG
 

gootsch

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We had one in the house that I grew up in over 60 years ago. It was not new then. Probably installed when the furnace was converted from coal to oil.
 

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Wow, the quality of that is stunning. Though it was probably more or less ordinary in it’s time. If I had one like that to use, the soulless plastic crap I have now would get removed instantly.

I don’t know what to suggest for the thermometer. That’s a narrow range. And sadly, finding a proper mercury one will be even harder. I guess start checking with industrial suppliers? The way everyone is foaming at the mouth to make everything electronic, it’s probably getting harder to find a good old simple reliable thermometer.

Keith
 

uglyblue66

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Last Subscription Date
11/07/2018
Check around in junk drawers and antique shops for 1 of those old desk calenders that had a thermometer on it.I know our state farm agent used to give them out years ago.
 

Peter Holmander

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Age
71
Last Subscription Date
12/23/2019
I have that same style on the furnace in my shop John. They used those at the Quonset/Davisville Navy base in all the remote boiler rooms. Before the tore them all down, I grabbed a few. I know I have a spare or two here somewhere. If you are in no hurry, I will try to locate them. The thermometer might be the same. I'd try Ebay too. When I am looking for something like that, I do a search on the item, and then when the search results come up, just to the right of it, you will see a small heart icon and the words "save this search" If you click on that, when one is listed, you will get an email notification. I have 4 or 5 saved searches on there right now for hard to find items.
 

Tracy T

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Last Subscription Date
07/16/2019
you may also find that thermometer on older face plates for light switches, I have seen a few over the years.
 

ulgydog56

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the old Honeywell t,stats lasted forever..now junk.....and come with a manual the size of war and peace....
 

Peter Holmander

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Age
71
Last Subscription Date
12/23/2019
John: I checked out the old stats I had yesterday and they are a newer model than you have. On mine the thermometer is not removable by the 4 screws like yours. It is part of the entire front cover. Sorry I could not help you.
 
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