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Hi Friend,

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

Question>

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 precautions?

Donald Sterling

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Answer>

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)

http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Cal-pump/cal-pump-power-control-center.shtml

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

 
 
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