Can someone pls recommend a way that would allow me to submerge a pump
underwater in a box so that the power cord is able to come out the
side and the water would stay inside.
Could I drill a hole for the cord and then use some type of gasket
and/or waterproof epoxy combination to leave the water in the box and
allow me to plug in my pump? The idea of having water run down the
cable and into the outlet is prompting my to investigate this a little
Any ideas or any links will help. Thanks.
I was going to suggest you go to a local electrical supply and get a weather
proof cord grip but these are threaded where they would enter a METAL box.
However, I thought of another way . . cut a couple of pieces of inner tube
about 2-3" round/square. Pierce the center of them with an awl or nail etc.
and push the cable throught the hole (no plug on end). You can put silcone
seal around the edges of the pieces and screw them down to your box with
wood screws and washers.
There is something similar to this, I dimly remember it being called
a bulkhead fitting. It is threaded with a nut that goes in thei inside
and a gasket to seal the outerpartr against the side of the box.
These are intended to be waterproof for situations like rain or
being hosed down, not for submerged operation but it might be
adequate for a shallow depth.
Silicone sealant does wonders too.
BTW, there are submersible pumps made for this sort of duty are there
Actually, I'm looking for a way to get the power cord for the
submersible pump back out of the box without a) having to go back over
the top, and b) not let a stream of water invade my outlet. ;) I've
heard this could cause problems.
Besides all the other good ideas given to seal the hole, here's one other
Make your power cord at least two feet longer than needed and let it
hang BELOW the outlet (this is called a drip loop). If any water flows
down the cord it will drip off the loop and not travel up to the outlet.
If the water still gets up to the outlet you have other problems ;-)
You need what is known as a cord seal. They're made to screw into
brass/bronze junction boxes but you could epoxy or silicon one into wood
or use some gaskets when you thread it on (with a nut). Here's a link:
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