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Question about GFI's

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Let me ask a quick question. My lights are off because the outlets keep popping from the rain. That's fine, after my furnace caught fire in my basement last year, I'll never take any chances.Will the same thing happen if it's snowing? What if there are a few inches of snow on the ground?

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Do you mean will they catch fire?

Or will they kick off in snow?

Usually they will only kick off in the snow if the snow starts to melt & gets "trapped" in the connection

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I don't have much experience with displays and snow being in Texas. From what I have heard and David is right, as long as it doesn't start to melt and get trapped you should be fine. I have heard of many people running there displays in the snow with no problems and the GFIs never tripped.

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I only had one GFCI kick out in 5 years

And that was due to rain

I've had extension cords & items buried under 2'+ of snow & no problem

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Mine kicked off the 1st time tonight and it has rained for the past 2 days and rained alot and they have stayed on the whole time. The only difference about tonight was that the rain was SNOW:eek:

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I live in Northern Indiana, and display from first week of November to first week of January, so I see both rain and snow.

I have never had a GFCI trip in snow, but several times in rain. My rule of thumb for running my display is Snow = go, Rain = no.

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No trips here. 2nd night of heavy rains. We are now under a flood/freeze watch. System cycled to sleep at 10pm as it should. key is keeping water out of the ends of your plugs.

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No trips here. 2nd night of heavy rains. We are now under a flood/freeze watch. System cycled to sleep at 10pm as it should. key is keeping water out of the ends of your plugs.

How does one do that though?

Thanks for all the answers everybody. I'm still learning a lot of the ins and outs of this crazy hobby.

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How does one do that though?

Thanks for all the answers everybody. I'm still learning a lot of the ins and outs of this crazy hobby.

Just keeping them off the ground and pointing down so they don't fill with water will go a long way towards preventing GFI trips.

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Let me ask a quick question. My lights are off because the outlets keep popping from the rain......Will the same thing happen if it's snowing? What if there are a few inches of snow on the ground?

Being that I am in MA and had the same rain system you had wreak havoc with my lights, I'll suggest what another has said. Always make sure the connections are off the ground. Suspend them on the bush or tree. I use small bungee cords for bushes and on trees, I'll use wire ties. Honestly though, the rains we just had have knocked my system out because I think my "water-resistant" timer got very wet. The lights work fine without it, but I plug them into it, then plug it into the outdoor GFI and within a minute or so, POP - they're out.

One thing you shouldn't do, is to put the connections inside little baggies. I tried that once a while back and learned that condensation collects in the bags. So, unless you put a weep hole in the baggie, it won't work.

Dryer days are coming, let everything dry out this weekend and get those connectors off the ground.

Good luck!

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