Insulating fabric

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Any of several types of coated fabric used as moisture-proof insulation for electrical wires. Insulating fabric was usually made from cotton or linen prepared with multiple baked coatings or a mixture of boiled linseed oil, natural resin, and benzine (Cook and Ferro 1983). Other types included cloth treated with linseed oil and cloth treated with asphalt.

Synonyms and Related Terms

varnished cloth; tejido aislante (Esp.); solatiemateriaal (Ned);

Additional Information

M.Cook, M.Ferro, "Electric Lighting and Wiring in Historic American Buildings" Technology & Conservation, 1/83, p. 28-48.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996