Ah, but all of your excellent suggestions require something the OP
doesn't wish to expend... EFFORT!
Now, if you could just have the horse do this herself while he whines
that "it should be so" you'd have it licked!<g>
I actually did something similar to #2 on an exterior tank. The outlet
is under the eaves on the barn, and I have some very tough hose made for
commercial applications, fastened to the wall of the barn. This hose is
big enough to accept the plugs, because the plug from the heater is
plugged into an extension cord inside that hose, since those heaters
only have 5' or 6' cords. That has worked well for years. I could
probably do the same thing inside, IF I could get more of that hose. (I
got it at an auction, and dont know what it's made for, or where to get
more). If I use solid conduit, I cant dump the tank to clean it, and
I've never seen flex conduit big enough for the plugs.
However, I did solve the problem. I had an old fuse box which I'd never
use anyhow. I removed the guts, sawed a hole in the back to fit over the
outlet, and screwed it to the wall over the outlet. All I got to do is
open the door on it to service the outlet. Then I put the cord thru a
piece of steel pipe below the box, just to the height of the water tank.
The cord has a steel spiral (like a spring) to pretect the rest of it
which is inside the tank.
On 01/05/2016 10:32 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That'll certainly be better...there should never be any loose wiring
accessible where any animal can get at it -- they _will_ make a mess of
it at some point and relying as you were on the GFCI as last resort when
they do is just bad idea.
All the feedlots here have buried service to the waterers; the couple of
fixed tanks are basically treated the same; we plumbed the service feed
thru the bottom so it doesn't freeze and the heaters are also wired
underground to solid junction boxes with no exposed wiring. They're
10-ft min so there's no question of turning 'em over, though...
What you have are permanent tanks. They work well, but they are very
costly to install as far as digging pipes in the ground and so on. And
inside the barn, I move them around as I move animals around as well as
creating temporary stalls from pipe gates, so I often use those heated
buckets too. So, having something permanent limits me to animal
placement. In warm weather they are all outdoors, but in winter I have
youngsters and older animals indoors much of the time.
I have another horse who always tossed his heater out of his tank. (A
very annoying habit). I got a piece of exhaust pipe from the muffler
shop, had them put a bend in it. Then I made a hole in the wall into the
adjoining feed room, and shoved it thru the wall and into the tank. The
heater cord goes thru that pipe, and is plugged into an outlet in the
feed room. That pipe swivels so it's easy to lift from the tank for tank
cleaning. Each situation is different, and this one was tough because
that horse seemed intent on tossing that heater out. Then he'd act all
upset because his water was frozen when I'd check it. Sometimes they do
stuff that makes no sense, and seems really stupid.
Then again, we have a kids pony who turns the light on an off in her
stall. She does it at will. I dont care if she does it, I put a LED bulb
in there that only uses 3W. But she turns it on at dusk and after she's
done eating, she turns it off. She's very intelligent, and shows it in
other ways too, such as opening the upper dutch door on her stall. I
like it when they are smart like her. The small ponies seem to be more
intlligent on the average.
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