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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / exposed outlets for Christmas lights?


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Dec 5th, 2017 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to laugh at my dad, who would wrap each extension cord connection with plastic wrap, and water proof it with black tape.

I used to do this, but see more and more folk ignoring this procedure altogether, and wonder if I'm over-reacting?

Now I'm thinking of several cords lying out on the lawn, with multiple unprotected connections, and its raining cats and dogs. They're also wondering about a wet snow next week.

Should I be worried?

oldFartElectricBassPlayer Walt

(This message was last edited by wborys at 10:21 PM, Dec 5th, 2017)

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Roisin, I wanna

fight your father
Dec 5th, 2017 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

YES you should be worried. If it rains, you can get AC current leakage over an area on the ground near the exposed outlet connection.

A person can get a shock (if barefoot). However, the real danger is to cats and dogs.


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Brenden, Baby P, Karley & untold others!
Dec 5th, 2017 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All of mine are wrapped and/or somehow weatherproofed.


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Montreal, Canada

Dec 6th, 2017 03:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the reminder as we set up Christmas lights outdoors.

(This message was last edited by Montrealer at 05:36 AM, Dec 6th, 2017)

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Dec 6th, 2017 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And the outlet should be in a weatherproof box as well as being a GFCI .


Sebastian, FL

Outta the rat race
Dec 6th, 2017 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sissies! I done shocked myself three times, fell off the ladder twice and slid down the roof like Clark Griswald.

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