Running power to outdoor string of lights


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Old 08-18-15, 06:47 PM
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Running power to outdoor string of lights

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My sister threw up some string lights along the far fence in our backyard. I've got an electrical receptacle on the back of the house. Is it a bad idea to just put a waterproof cover on the receptacle and run an extension cord along the house and fence to the strand of lights? I guess I'd just open the box and plug the cord in when I wanted to turn them on. That seems like the easiest thing to do. Any problems with that? Would I need to waterproof the junction between the extension cord and light strand? Any better ideas?

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Grant T.
 
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Old 08-18-15, 07:37 PM
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Is it a bad idea to just put a waterproof cover on the receptacle and run an extension cord along the house and fence to the strand of lights?
Extension cords are for temporary use only and a trip hazard.
just put a waterproof cover on the receptacle
That would be an in use cover.
Would I need to waterproof the junction between the extension cord and light strand?
No really good way to do short of doing it right, install a receptacle with an in use cover at or on the fence.
 
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Old 08-19-15, 05:26 AM
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That outlet or circuit also needs to be GFI protected.
 
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Old 08-21-15, 06:42 AM
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Thanks a lot for answering my questions. Now I know what to do here! Have a good day.
 
 

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