Hi, I have several outdoor water fountains that I made.. I would like
to run all at the same time.. I have power outdoors with 2 outlets.. I
would like to buy a powerstrip and the any required extension cords...
I imagine there must be a special outdoor powerstrip that would be
waterproof?? Can someone give me some info on that?
Home Depot and Lowes sell an outdoor-rated timer/extension unit with four
outlets and a cover to make it waterproof. One version comes with a timer
that you can set for on/off times, another version has a photocell to turn
things on at dark, then run them for a preset period of time. One model
comes with a short cord and a spike so that it can be put into a garden area
or moved around; another is intended to be wall-mounted. Because of our
heavy summer rains, I built a couple of bird-house sized enclosures to help
protect these boxes from the elements.
To do it properly, you probably also want to equip your present outdoor
outlet with a special cover that is used when there are items plugged in
full time. It's in the electric supply aisle and various styles cost about
$10-$15, as I recall. It will keep the GFI or CB from tripping due to water
infiltration from rain or sprinklers.
There is also a unit manufactured by Bell that has been in the big-box
stores that replaces the standard outdoor box with a weatherproof box and
four outlets. I have one in place and it works fine, but I bought it a year
ago on closeout sale, and I haven't looked for it (or noticed it) in the