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Desktop water spill barrier

I am setting up a small tank a work, and my desk has these convenient cutouts of power cords. The problem is that the cutouts are right above the power outlets. If the tank broke or had a major leak, water would almost certainly hit the outlet, especially since the back of the desk ends in a cubicle wall, so the water has one fewer side to escape. I need to protect the cutout from three sides with a simple barrier that I would either glue to the desk or that would hold on its own. The tank is only 3 gallons, so the barrier won't have to hold off a lot of water. Any suggestions?


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How about protecting the outlet with a cover, and make sure the cords all have drip loops....
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I had a similar situation at my office so if you have ample desk space you may be able to do the same.

I ran a power strip from the wall to tiny raised platform on the top of the desk (a monitor stand) where it was not directly above the outlet. Then it was easy to make a drip loop with the tank cables behind the desk on their way to the power strip.
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Cut the top inch off of a solo cup or something of the sort and make a little round dam. I'm assuming the hole will be behind the tank so it really wouldn't be an eyesore.
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Put the tank in a shallow tray or on something absorbent (towel...)
Look for a 'bubble cover'. This is in the electrical department of most hardware stores. There are different styles. Make sure you get one that allows the outlet to be in use when the cover is closed.
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Or just lean a piece of plastic against the outlet, or for ultimate protection, silicon the plastic along the top edge. Water flows down, so it should be perfectly safe like that.


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Great ideas, thank you! I think I'll do both: Build a little dam around the tank and glue/silicone a little cover over the outlet.


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Could switch the outlet to a gfci too
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It doesn't take a lot to direct water so at times something as simple as a 1/4" bead of clear caulking to "nudge" the water toward the edge might help? That's assuming the whole tank doesn't burst!
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