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Another GFCI Question

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I fully understand the importance of using GFCIs and the safety issues involved. However, there is one small section in my yard that will be very difficult to plug in to the GFCI outlet on the porch. It will consist of 3 net lights, one strand of C6 and a spot light. What is the "worst case" scenario of plugging these into a non GFCI protected outlet? I'm mainly worried about the spot light and the possibility of it getting water inside, shorting out etc. Yes, I know it's not worth it and I plan on buying extra extension cords to resolve this small issue, but I was wondering what the ACTUAL probable danger really would be? Tripping a breaker? If it's plugged into an indoor outlet would that also be a big no-no and increase the danger factor.

Yes, I know...it's not worth the risk, but as I said, I'm just curious as the problems that could result.

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Well, it's much easier plugging into an inside outlet. And no chance of GFCI tripping. Just easier all around.

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A ground fault is any time all of the current coming out on the hot wire doesn't return on the neutral wire. This typically means that some of the current is returning through earth such as someone standing on wet ground and somehow coming in contact with the hot wire. It doesn't even need to be a direct contact. There is at least 15 amps of potential current available and only .015 amps passing through your heart will stop it.

You can buy GFCI's that plug into a standard outlet (some with only two prongs) that you can plug your extension cord in to.

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ahhh, I like the "no GFCI"...I can do my part in easing the over population problem that existing in NJ...

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