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    Manufacturing flaws

    Is PQ porcelain? Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Manufacturing flaws

    The insulator price guide doesn't change that much to be obsolete. Few additions or CD changes thats about it. Not so much with the pricing. They come out every 5 years I believe and they are $50. Getting into the hobby it will be the best $50 you will spend. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Manufacturing flaws

    Not all sellers will state that the insulator they are selling has been altered or not. There are only 2 sellers that I have come across on etsy and eBay that state that they stain their insulators, hell it may even be the same person. What platform is the one you are looking at being sold on...
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    Manufacturing flaws

    The first pic are 2 commemorative insulators, produced for a show never in service. The second pic is an irradiated CD102, blueish undertones is a dead give away that its altered. Third pic is a comparison, left is a produced royal purple, center is the altered insulator, and right is a natural...
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    Manufacturing flaws

    They do add a little value. Misspellings also add a little value as well Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Manufacturing flaws

    Staining is cheating. Its more done by non collectors to make decorative pieces. Most of those sellers state its stained. Just like bottles there are people who irradiate insulators, just like they do with bottles. Older insulators with manganese turn various shades of unnatural looking purples...
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    Manufacturing flaws

    Incorrect, flawed insulators were most definitely used, unless they were flawed to the point they wouldn't hold a wire tie or fit on a pin. Mine that I posted i pulled off poles and they were in service. I have seen over pours and under pours that were in service. As long as the flaw wasn't...
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    Manufacturing flaws

    First pic is a very good example of amber streaking, second pic the insulator to the left has carbon in it and the last pic has a chunk of firebrick in it. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Manufacturing flaws

    Pics of the flaws? Brookfields are notorious for poor quality control. Generally manufacturing flaws dont detract from value, can infact add it depending on the flaws. Most common flaws are amber streaks caused by Iron, pieces of the firebrick, and black carbon streaks caused by organic...
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    Just beginning, want to be safe....

    Looks rubber or hard plastic Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Just beginning, want to be safe....

    Copper plated steel makes sense cost wise. Where i hunted "wild" insulators that was probably the case. Never much payed attention to the wires core. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Just beginning, want to be safe....

    If they are along a rail line they are old telegraph/long distance phone lines. You are never going to get the insulators down that are still tied to wires. Concentrate on the ones that have no lines. Those clear ones are a dime a dozen and not that old, personally I'd leave those and go after...
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    Just beginning, want to be safe....

    In my years of pulling insulators off standing and fallen poles I have never found steel wires. All have been copper. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Help! Found these and have nonidea what they are

    First one looks rubber or composite. Others are porcelain. They are all insulators Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    First "B" insulator.......

    The 8 on the top is the shop number. The B stands for Brookfield, its a later Brookfield mold Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Difference

    I will check the illustrations in my guide when I get home Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Difference

    CD stands for Consolidated Design. Alot of times diffences in CD can be just in the embossing or slight differences in dimension you may not see with the naked eye. The best thing you can have if you are going to start collecting is a price guide, but it is much more than prices, it gets down...
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    Cohansey Jar

    The color that its closest to is the dark red amber. It doesn't look as light as the amber is. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Cohansey Jar

    Color wise its more of a honey amber, if thats even listed Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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    Cohansey Jar

    It's a 3, the embossing isn't that great lol Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk

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