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PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012

Dremmel Now you simply place the cover back on, tool can cut (note: if you want extra protection you can still a slice in the wrap a piece of electrical tap around the area side of the where the two plugs meet. container The lid is a critical part of the waterproofing, as it overhangs the container on all sides and helps keep the water away from the body. Even if in a heavy rain this works, i.e. the lid fills protrudes out and you need to cut it before the up and the water runs off the side. The tight fit body of the container. of the lid insures water won’t go around the lip Now, turn the container so you are look- and into the container from the top. ing at its side where you just cut the lip, and Here’s the part you have been waiting for. slowly lower the Dremel down until it cuts into Why is condensation not an issue? Simple, the container, the motion of the Dremel blade the two slots allow for air flow so even in high making contact will quickly pull down and cut moisture you won’t get internal condensation in the slot you need. any amount that causes issues. Don’t make one bigger than about ½ inch, I And now for this critical point. Why don’t will explain why later, then cut the other slot you want to not make the slot too deep? If you and repeat on the opposite side. Take your live in a snow state you can, and most likely time, if you rush or use too high a speed on the will, get several inches of snow or more, which Dremel it can crack the container. will cover the container. As the snow melts Note: there most likely will be a small bit of some water can enter via the slots, by only cut- plastic that did not get cut between the lip and ting them down a ¼ to ¼ inch you don’t end up body, you simply need to wiggle the piece care- with the cords on the bottom of the container, fully and break the little piece to complete the but in fact end up suspending them in the air as slot. shown in the picture below. So, you have the two slots cut, now what? Neat isn’t it? By hanging the cords in the mid- Well first off, note you do not want to remove dle you don’t have to worry about the little bit of the tab completely; it still provides container water that can get in during snow or heavy rain. integrity and serves to stop snow from getting Ok, so what if I have more than two cords in even if bent down by the cords. to connect, say three or four? Easy, you do the Ok, so now you take the two cords you want same exact thing with a larger container, cut- to connect and lay them in the slots and connect ting either three or four of the sides. them. Just make sure you get the lid’s on tight, don’t leave them up anywhere around the lip or water may get in from the top. One final word: I tend to be a worrier, i.e. no matter how much I waterproof connections you can never have too much, so I do use the electri- cal tape on the connections before putting them in the container. However, as I noted earlier, there were no cords that were found to be wet. I hope this works for you as well as it has for me, here’s to a great 2012 season of lights with waterproof connections. 38 PlanetChristmas | July 2012


PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012
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