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Old 04-12-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Electrical Solutions?

Ok so I almost had an electrical scare when one of my aquarium power strips got some water on it and started smoking... luckily I saw it and unplugged it fast but needless to say it has me thinking about how to prevent this from happening again. So.. does anyone have any good ideas how to do some water proofing? I was thinking of trying to get some sort of water proof box and mount the power strips in it but I could find no such thing.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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Just buy a cheap rubbbermaid container and drill a few holes in it for the cords?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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you could also buy a PVC junction box in the electrical department of your home improvement store if you can't find a rubber made big enough, I can post a picture if you need me to
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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That sounds like what I had in mind I just didn't know what it was called. Thanks!
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Everything on your aquarium should be plugged in to a gfci... otherwise, that kind of stuff happens
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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That is also on my list : )
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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Everything on your aquarium should be plugged in to a gfci... otherwise, that kind of stuff happens
Could not agree more. If it within 6 feet of a water source, you aren't safe unless the outlet is GFCI protected.
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GFCI? What does that mean.....
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ground-fault circuit interrupter basically if it blows really easy if something shorts it out.
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It's the plug with a test/reset button on it. If you replace the wall plug with a gfci be sure to place all wires on the "line" side otherwise every other plug downline on that circuit will have gfci protection and lose power when the gfci trips.
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