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Blowing Breakers....too Wet!


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Well i currently have one section of the yard on a 15 amp breaker. I'm not overloading it and it is always fine..except for night...It rained all last night and all today. All other parts of the yard are fine but not that breaker. Tomorrow i will have to take some things off of it:( just too much water on it. I even wiped off all the main outlets. It finally came the time tonight where all the outlets got too much moisture in them and it will not go on at all now. It really sucks because it happening right before Christmas when people are looking at lights and all my 18,000 lights are off....

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Living in the NW, I have had GFCI issues every year. Best tip I have read on this forum is to keep the plugs off the ground. This is the first year I have made an effort to get my plugs off the ground and the first year I have not had GFCI tripping headaches.

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Buy or make some stakes and attach your plugs to the stakes with electrical tape.  It is the easiest to work with in my opinion - stays put when wet and easier to remove than duct tape.  

 

Not the most attractive look but better than hunting around every store for the 3 outlet stake things that may be sold out.  If you really want to waterproof it, you can build a little box to go over it.  After losing all of my Christmas lights last year, some due to age, lost some due to my own stupidity, I have learned my lesson.  Keep it high and dry!

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I generally don't have too many problems with GFCI trips. I do have some stake floodlights that will trip the GFCIs if I forget to clean the dead bugs out of the weep holes, but other than that I've done pretty well. I avoided tomato cage Christmas trees this year because of what I've heard about GFCI trips, but then again, my mega tree strands are tied to galvanized landscaping spikes and I haven't had any trips from that.

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Next year i will hope to get mine all lifted off the ground. I really don't like the idea of covering them because i have a static display and they would be real obvious. I'm super picky about that type of stuff. If i see a bulb out of place in the display i have to go move it........If things aren't just perfect....then i have to go fix it...

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I really don't like the idea of covering them because i have a static display and they would be real obvious.

If you cover connection with a coffee can...tupperware...whatever....you can always hide that with decorations like lighted gift boxes.... just sayin'

Doug

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