Using an Indoor Timer Outdoors

Old 12-09-04, 10:51 PM
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Using an Indoor Timer Outdoors


My husband has plugged in our 15A indoor timer outside to control our Christmas lights. The timer is in a protected area where it won't get rained on. I'm still concerned - is this a safety issue? What is the difference between an indoor and outdoor timer?

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Old 12-10-04, 12:58 AM
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An outdoor timer is sealed to the weather. Still, if it's in a sheltered area and specially if it's plugged into a GFCI (it IS isn' it ) it should be OK, but not a good idea.
You can get special electrical box covers that will cover the entire outlet and plugs that are in it and maybe even a small timer. You should look in electric dept of your nearest 'Big box' for one of these. Shaped kind of like a teardrop and hinged at the top, about $12-14.
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It may or may not be okay, depending on how "protected" that "protected area" is. Even though it may not get rained on, if it is subject to other forms of moisture (e.g., dew or condensation due to large temperature changes), it may cause problems. In any case, your GFCI should protect you.

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