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Sloanhaus
06-04-2008, 12:16 PM
I keep seeing that everyone is buy 1$ extention cords. These have to be rated for inside only. Is everyone using these outdoors? If so, I have also seen where people will buy 6 foot cords and than split them. Can someone elaborate on what they are using to connect the ends so that rain doesnt seep in. Thanks, Sloanhaus

Macrosill
06-05-2008, 07:47 AM
Most of use use the 2 conductor indoor cords for our display. One of the worst things you can do is to tape up or wrap the connections. The reason is water will get in anyway and the tape and wrapping will not allow it to drain out. If they are left as is then they will be able to drain quickly.

I have propped up my connections on stakes and then placed a ziplock bag over them with a rubberband securing the bag. This kept the rain off the connections and allowed them to drain as well because the bottom was open. They were only covered, not wrapped.

The biggest safety feature you are required to utilize the GFCI protection on every circuit being utilized for your display. You will have some GFCI trips due to the rain but it is just the nature of the beast.

cvyvial
06-05-2008, 09:39 AM
You can build your own if you can't find a deal. Check out Action and Creative Displays for their SPT connectors. You can get SPT1 or SPT2 wire and plugs, but you need to keep it all the same. These are quick and easy to make your own.

http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1394&MainCategory=&Sub=
http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1395&MainCategory=&Sub=
http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=472

jeffathompson
06-05-2008, 04:07 PM
You can build your own if you can't find a deal. Check out Action and Creative Displays for their SPT connectors. You can get SPT1 or SPT2 wire and plugs, but you need to keep it all the same. These are quick and easy to make your own.

http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1394&MainCategory=&Sub=
http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1395&MainCategory=&Sub=
http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=472

I'd been looking for those plugs. But I did the math, I think I'll just keep buying the $1.24 extenstion cords. Of course I need them now and they'll be $.99 just before Christmas

ppohlman
06-05-2008, 06:03 PM
Where are you getting them for $1.24?