: >Will this hurt if put in a metal outlet to make it water proof
: >temprarely for a Christmas light extension cord?
: I have forwarded your post to the judges for the annual Darwin
awards. I think
: you have an excellent chance of making the final cut.
: Commodore Joe Redcloud
Worried about being displaced, cap? No worry, I think you'll
continue to hold the top position!
Oh yeah, you should also make up your mind whether you want to be
a captain or a commodore; the other kids will appreciate it.
On 16 Nov 2005 14:31:38 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Stupid idea. You'll have a bitch of a time removing it. Its not
necessary, water gets into outdoor plugs regularly. Generally nothing
is harmed. However, you can do this. Plug in the cord, wrap a
plastic bag around the cord and outlet, wrap with ducttape over bag.
If there is a short or partial short, the heat will not escape as easily and
you are that much more likely to reach ignition temp. Furthermore, if a
fire does start, you have filled the electrical box with fuel to get it
going better. Expanding foam is not a rated electrical insulator, its
performance at preventing electrical leakage is unknown.
What is a metal outlet? Do you mean a cord with a metal J-box attached to
the end with a couple of receptacles installed. Probably OK "as is" if not
submerged and properly assembled (grounded) but it's not the best solution,
just buy a real cord instead. #14 gague light duty should be enough
: > Will this hurt if put in a metal outlet to make it water
: > temprarely for a Christmas light extension cord?
: If there is a short or partial short, the heat will not escape
as easily and
: you are that much more likely to reach ignition temp.
Furthermore, if a
: fire does start, you have filled the electrical box with fuel
to get it
: going better. Expanding foam is not a rated electrical
: performance at preventing electrical leakage is unknown.
: What is a metal outlet? Do you mean a cord with a metal J-box
: the end with a couple of receptacles installed. Probably OK
"as is" if not
: submerged and properly assembled (grounded) but it's not the
: just buy a real cord instead. #14 gague light duty should be
Even better, add a plug-in GFI; I use them on our lights. I use
elecrical tape to seal the plug/receptacles outdoors & don't let
them lay directly on the ground. .
I guess that is what I am trying to do. To buy a box was too expensive
I got some regular one dollar metal boxes and was wanting to make them
waterproof with the sealer but was not sure about the electrical
conductivity. I guess I could use the plastic bag idea with the trash
bag. WOuld this work ok? What I am trying to do is using my 100 foot
extension ord add an outlet box to about 6 trees I put christmas lights
in. The extension cord will be plugged into a GFI outlet in my garage.
Just wanted the boxes to be somehow as water tight as possibel if it
rained. I would not put the outlets directly on the ground. These would
be just ran for a few hours at night.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
On 17 Nov 2005 05:32:43 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
You want to make an extension box, for the end of your ext cord right?
Why not just use a power strip?
Then get one of those small plastic tubs or even an ice cream pail
with a lid. Plug in all your things, stick the powerstrip into the
box or pail - cut a small knotch in the side for the wires and put the
cover on. Ducttape can be used to seal around the wires and hole..
You can buy a power strip for less than the box and outlets and stuff
you are trying to rig up.
I should note that I have seen OUTDOOR power strips that have a spike
that goes into the ground, specifically made for Christmas lights.
They have 6 outlets (if I recall). I think the cost was $9.99 at
Walgreens. I know this because last year after Christmas they had 50%
off all Christmas stuff and I was going to buy one of them for $5 for
when I do outdoor construction, but the cheap bastards told me that
was not a 50% off item, so I told them where to stick it.
On 17 Nov 2005 10:03:29 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I just saw these this morning in their new catalog and wondered what
in heck anyone would want that setup for--
25' cord with 2 or 3 [14ga & 12ga cords] outlets along the length of
them. The writeup talks about use in a shop but it closes with;
"Usable indoors or out."
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