Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Proper Cover For In-Service Use on Outdoor Outlet

It seems like we home inspectors spend much of our time posting photos and descriptions of problems. I saw this photo and decided to post a photo of something that is right. While it does not have anything plugged into it, this is an "in-service" cover for an exterior outlet -- a GFCI. Inspectors often see outside appliances or devices, from lights to ponds, plugged into an outlet and an improper cover is in place. This ranges from no cover at all to a cover that swings open at the top and rain, and garden hose water, get down into the outlet. That, of course, is bad. This type of cover is deep enough to allow a couple plugs in it, even when closed, and there are openings at the bottom that allow the cords to come back out the bottom. I have one at my pond and they are amazingly waterproof.

 

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Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA home inspector

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 6 commentsSteven L. Smith • December 30 2007 11:36PM
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