I'm looking to run some electricity out into the garden (in a permanent
way), some outlets on a post where I can plug in Christmas lights, etc.
Problem is, the garden is not large, and most of the outdoor outlet boxes
I've seen are rather large and industrial-looking.
Has anyone seen any outdoor outlet boxes that are smaller and perhaps
greener (to blend in)?
All you need is a exterior rated, plastic single gang box, which is minimally
sized to hold one device. Can't get any smaller. You can use a flat 'flipper'
cover instead of an in-use bubble cover if your locale will allow it for
occasional use. My city recently started requiring in-use covers for all
outdoor applications, even the one under cover on my front porch, which I
definitely didn't want sticking out any more than needed. After passing it, the
inspector hinted that if it got 'damaged' and I replaced it with a flat cover,
well, how was he supposed to know?
Yup, getting all the necessary protection is a "gimme"!
I know that the outlet needs to be properly weatherized, but I'm not
convinced that the only way to do it is to have a big post with a full-size
double outlet and a gigantic clear plastic cover (although I fully
understand the design requirements that went into that kind of design).
How about something like this ... a small (2" diameter) pipe (green,
probably plastic) and near the top, 3 short (6" long) pieces of the same
pipe "glued" around the main (support) pipe. Some nice round top to keep
the weather out. Each of those 3 short pieces of pipe hinges open, and
inside you see (1) an outlet at the top, facing _down_, and (2) some sort of
velcro or something so that the cord isn't held in the outlet solely by the
friction of the electrical connections.
Voila! Small, un-obtrusive, weatherproof. When nothing's plugged into it,
it looks like some strange green plastic mushroom.
you could look at the industrial outlets some i have used at work are
the WoodHead brand with the matching plug these are small(also to very
large based on voltage and current) and water proof.
of course there yellow but some paint for plastic would camouflaged it
also keeping the outlet low to the ground would help unless code gives a
min hight requirement.
my two cents, Charles
Chris Shearer Cooper wrote:
Yeah, I thought about a patent, but (1) I've never gotten a patent before,
(2) I don't know the electrical code, and (3) I don't know how to get a
I'd be happy if somebody else would just make one for me (grin) but it might
also be an interesting introduction to the world of patents.
Suggestions on how to get started on something like that?
p.s. Yes, this is getting more off-topic as time goes on ...
on 10/14/2007 11:06 AM Chris Shearer Cooper said the following:
Whatever you do, be sure to have a secure cover for the outlet, even if
hung upside down under a protective overhang. It's not only rain that
can get into the outlet, but insects and their nests. Wasps will like
that overhang, too.
On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 13:51:29 -0600, "Chris Shearer Cooper"
How a small 2x4 inch box is so ugly is beyond me. But if it bothers
you so much, get some sort of hollow lawn ornament to place over the
top of it. In your case, one of those plastic lawn trolls would work
Some people (like you) really need to get a life......
BTW, they do sell green colored boxes and covers, or a little green
spray paint will do the job too.
It's really amazing, how people lose all sense of politeness, just because
they are sitting in front of a computer, instead of face to face. Please
try to remember basic human decency when replying to topics on newsgroups.
If a particular topic annoys you, it's best to simply ignore it. And as
that sounds like good advice even to me, I will now add you to my list of
On Sun, 14 Oct 2007 14:55:47 -0600, "Chris Shearer Cooper"
I went out of my way to help, and I did find the perfect lawn troll
(gnome) for you. I think it would fit you and your lawn perfectly.
You could put your outlet right between the cheeks and plug your tool
in there anytime it felt appropriate !!!!!
See it here:
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