Solid Brass 3-Piece Sockets

material and weight

Solid brass sockets are made of solid brass, which is then polished or coated with a nickel or bronze finish. They weigh 1.5 ounces. An aluminum (low-quality) socket weighs 0.8 ounces. A cast brass (high-quality) socket weighs 3.2 ounces.

construction and use

3-piece sockets are made up of the interior, which is the piece to which the wires are screwed on and into which the bulb is screwed, the cap, the bottom of the socket, where the wire enters, and the housing, which covers the interior for cosmetic reasons as well as to insulate the conductive parts of the socket.

The socket is opened and closed by squeezing the housing, which is crimped at the bottom, into and out of the cap. You must be careful to fully seat the housing into the cap to ensure the socket does not come apart.

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