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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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"water-proofing" wall outlets

Obviously if at all possible you should place an aquarium away from a wall outlet. Unfortunately I can't do that in a couple instances, so that the outlet is directly behind the tank/stand.

Is there a way to "water-proof" or at least make water-resistant a wall outlet so that in the event that water gets splashed behind the aquarium there's less chance of problems? I'd like to secure both a used and unused outlet if possible

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 10:06 AM
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Thought about it for the electrical hazard that is the pet store I work in.
Simplest way, imho, is to get yourself a small chunk of rounded PVC and cut it into about 3 pieces (to get a small 'C' shaped piece), and mount that on the wall directly above the outlet. Any splash from above will get diverted, and the rounded shape will ensure no puddles form. And if water splashes from the bottom or directly from the side.. Well.. You should probably be more careful than that.
You could always go and buy yourself one of those waterproof electrical boxed for outdoor use, but wiring that thing in would be a huge pain.

As for the unused outlet - you know those childproof outlet plugs you can buy? It's just a plastic plug, essentially. I'm sure if you found a thin weatherstripping foam/rubber and sandwiched it between the plug and your outlet it would make a pretty clean seal.
Barring that, if you don't mind residue, you could simply take over that outlet with duct tape.

Any better ideas for the in-use outlet? I could certainly use some suggestion myself.

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you could have a GFI installed.
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All that, and remeber to put drip loops on all your cords.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 02:33 PM
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Plastic wrap and tape

How about just taping a bit of plastic wrap over the outlet, so it flops over the whole outlet. Clear wrap would let you see the plugs but cover for splashes.

There are plug-in GFIs and GFI protected surge protected power strips at Walmart. I use one on every tank unless I know for sure the plug is GFI protected (some bath and kitchen plugs are already).

The GFI strip is ~$12 at Walmart.

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thanks for the replies guys

I was thinking GFI for added protection, but if at all possible I'd like to avoid a possible short all together as well. I'm going to try some of these ideas
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They also make water-proof outlet covers for external outlets. You could try your local store & see what they have avail.
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