December 23, 2004

Pond Q&A - Important Electrical Information

Hi [[firstname]],

Here is today's Pond Q&A, with a question about extension cords
and outdoor electrical grounding:


I received subject deicer with instructions not to use an
extension cord. Unfortunately, the cord attached is too short to
reach existing pond outlets. How much risk is there in using a
grounded extension cord?

Also, my pond contains submersible pumps. I would hope that the
problem of grounding has been solved by the previous owner. Am I
correct or does subject unit require extra-special safety

Donald Sterling


Hi Donald,

It's not recommended to use an extension cord, but I've used them
for years without any problems. Of course, if you happen to be
the exception and electrocute yourself, please don't come after
me. Agreed?

Ok, then you're probably ok. I would just use some electrical
tape over the plug / cord connection to keep out any moisture.

For your second question, you definately want to make sure that
you have a grounded outlet, and even better - a GFCI outlet.

A GFCI is a 'Ground Fault Circuit Interupt' and will basically
blow a breaker if there is any danger of water-related
electrocution. So a GFCI is designed to save you if you happen
to be standing in your pond, while blow-drying your hair.

Not that you would ever do that, but just in case you did and
happened to drop your blow dryer into the pond with you - you
would theoretically be saved when the GFCI breaker popped off the
ecectricity! Pretty cool heh?

If you don't currently have a GFCI outlet or are unsure if you
have one or not - here is a great solution that I use on my pond
(and I love it)

This amazing unit has one GFCI plug on a 50' cord that you can
plug into any outlet outside your house, and it gives you FOUR
outlets - all GFCI protected, with TWO built in digital timers to
control up to two devices AND hook up and power your landscape
lighting. I suggest you check it out.

That's all for now,

Happy Holidays

Brett Fogle
MacArthur WAter GArdens


MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

Posted by bfogle at December 23, 2004 06:43 AM