Outdoor power strip?? Splitter??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pawsplus, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or something like it?? I have seen these:

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    http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-39387-Protect-Protection-Connector/dp/B0036DEC0W

    They seem like a great idea for connecting one cord to another. But what I need is really a splitter of some sort that is similarly protected. I.e., if I have one extension cord running from the house to the coop, I need to split it off so that ONE cord goes to the heated waterer in the run, and the other goes to the powerstrip located up in the roof of the coop. I can't figure out how to split the 2 cords off safely. This is the first year I've used the heated waterer.

    Any ideas?? I've googled and googled and can't find anything, but surely something like this exists!
     
  2. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could always make your own. If you're willing to cut and splice then you have a lot of different options and can go to HomeDepot, Lowes, or most any hardware store and get the different things you need.
     
  4. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got the Ebay ones. I don't really need 2, but the identical thing at Amazon is 19.99 EACH so might as well get 2 so I have a spare. This will work great!
     
  5. seanb

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd be inclined to use a bucket or something more simple but then I'm cheap. The important thing is that you are plugged into a circuit that is GFCI protected.
     
  6. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does that mean, LOL? It's a heavy-duty outlet on my porch.
     
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know the technical details but the GFCI will shut off if it gets wet or shorts out from moisture. It's the type of outlets they put in new bathrooms nowadays. Our pool is plugged into a GFCI power strip (until we get electricity run out to it). We bought the power strip at Home Depot. It's not outdoors though-it's in a shed.
     
  8. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interupter.....like the outlets you are supposed to have in wet locations by code. Bathrooms, kitchens, outdoors , etc.. are areas where those type of outlets need to be. In simple terms they are the funny looking outlets with re-set buttons in the middle, usually one red and one black. They detect a ground fault or "shock or electrocution" in a gazzillionth of a second and trip, so you don't die. Hope this helps.
    erik
     
  9. seanb

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a gazzillionionth of a second.......... or about 4 to 6 thousanths of an amp in fault current...[​IMG]

    pawsplus, if you don't currently have a GFCI receptacle installed where your cord is plugged in or do not have a GFCI type breaker in your panel protecting that circuit, you can either install a GFCI receptacle, a GFCI breaker or buy an in-line GFCI device that you can plug a cord into that offers the same protection.

    And please understand that you'll get nuisance tripping by being properly protected. In other words, you'll notice after sufficient rain or humidity that you need to reset the GFCI device to restore heat or light or power but it'll keep you and the chickens safe in the long run.
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  10. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In-line sounds easiest--right? I would plug the cord into that and then the in-line thingy into the wall socket? Can I find that at Lowe's?
     

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