Outdoor Electrical Boxes And Rain ?

Hello:
Will be installing a flood light on my deck.
Have purchased two of those outdoor rated Aluminum type of boxes, and some PVC tubing and connectors, and am all set to go.
Was wondering a bit about those outdoor boxes.
They will be mounted on the siding to take the wires that will go thru the wall and direct them upward into the PVC pipe to where the light will be. Then another similar box hold the light, etc.
The boses are sealed with an Aluminum cover plate and a gasket.
My concern is that over the course of a few years, the gasket will of course become brittle, and it seems like rain can then easily seep in.
Would it make any sense to drill a small "weep hole" in the bottom of the box so that if any water does get in from a malfunctioning gasket, it has a way to get out ?
Thanks, Bob
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In the UK, boxes for this purpose have an IP rating (Ingress Protection). Drilling holes in them is damage, and they then aren't up to the job. I'd be inclined not to modify the box.
David www.dodgy-diy.net
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One of mine ius 24 years old and has not leaked yet. A few are newer, maybe 12 years. No leaks yet.

No, It may let water out, but could let moisture and condensation in. Or bugs. If it was a serious problem, there would be some warning about it.
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Yes.
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No.
As pointed out by others, this also provides a path for humidity, and insects, to get *in*.
Furthermore, to do so is a violation of the National Electrical Code: the box is approved for outdoor use _as_manufactured_. The hole introduces an untested, unapproved modification to the box, and thus the box _with_ the hole is not an approved device, and its use is a Code violation.
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Bob,
Even with a hole on the bottom, water could still get into the box, so I wouldn't drill any holes, rather if you are concerned about them, buy extra gaskets to be able to replace on some regular basis. These boxes are designed to meet NEC code specifications. Mine have been installed for 10 years at my house and when I re-ran the circuit the other day as a part of finishing our basement, the gasket was like new on the inside of the box. The gasket is made up of a plastic looking foam, so I don't expect it will ever become brittle.
David
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If the wires are terminated correctly (probably wire nuts and wrapped in black tape) then there should be no issue. The only area to seal would really be the wiring through the wall. Make sure you silicone it, so no moisture is blown through by wind. Good luck.
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