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I only know that a person is not supposed to do this, but I don’t know why. I’m hoping someone can give me a good, clear explanation as to why and what the dangers are. Or, point me to a website that gives a lot of info on this subject.

When using extension cords outside for Christmas lights/decorations, why should you not do the following:

1) Use a indoor only regular extension cord
2) Plug a 3 prong outdoor extension cord into a 2 prong indoor only extension cord
3) Fail to adequately tape the connection between the 3 prong outdoor extension cord and 2 prong indoor only extension cord

I know that at my house, doing any of the following would probably work fine until it rained. Then it would probably “trip” the GFCI in the upstairs bathroom. Although, I’m not sure if the grounding prong needs to be connected to the outlet for the GFCI to be tripped.

But I know that not all houses are wired the same and some don’t even have a GFCI installed, so I don’t know what would happen in those cases. The reason I’m asking is because my grandfather did all the things listed above when he and my uncle hooked up some new outside Christmas decorations. Oddly, my grandfather used to work as an electrician. He didn’t know what the grounding prong was used for and if it was necessary to be plugged in. WTF?

Maybe, but sending the postman or someone on ahead of you probably isn’t in the spirit of the season.

At the very least, I’d not use an indoor cord if I was running it across the ground. I agree about the tape. Far better to make sure your connections are in places where water can’t pool.

I only know that a person is not supposed to do this, but I don’t know why. I’m hoping someone can give me a good, clear explanation as to why and what the dangers are. Or, point me to a website that gives a lot of info on this subject.

When using extension cords outside for Christmas lights/decorations, why should you not do the following:

1) Use a indoor only regular extension cord
2) Plug a 3 prong outdoor extension cord into a 2 prong indoor only extension cord
3) Fail to adequately tape the connection between the 3 prong outdoor extension cord and 2 prong indoor only extension cord

I know that at my house, doing any of the following would probably work fine until it rained. Then it would probably “trip” the GFCI in the upstairs bathroom. Although, I’m not sure if the grounding prong needs to be connected to the outlet for the GFCI to be tripped.

But I know that not all houses are wired the same and some don’t even have a GFCI installed, so I don’t know what would happen in those cases. The reason I’m asking is because my grandfather did all the things listed above when he and my uncle hooked up some new outside Christmas decorations. Oddly, my grandfather used to work as an electrician. He didn’t know what the grounding prong was used for and if it was necessary to be plugged in. WTF?

If your lights are plugged into a GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupt) then, assuming your GFCI works, you are enjoying a high degree of equipment protection from electrocution – but I don’t like to rely on the safety mechanism of my guns any more than a $5.00 GFCI that was manufactured by the lowest bidder in China.

1) “Indoor only” extension cords are minimally insulated, not made with UV resistant materials and not rated for moist environments. You can use them outdoors if you like, but they labeled it clearly so you can’t sue them if you get hurt or burn something down.

2) If you have a device that has a three-prong male plug, it is designed to be operated with a ground connection (which is the whole purpose of the third hole/prong); the casing will not be insulated but will instead be connected to the “3rd prong” via a grounding screw or a weld/solder/etc. etc. In this manner, if there is a short in the wiring of the device then (in theory) the current passing from the hot-wire to the ground wire will exceed the pass rating of the circuit breaker and the breaker will trip, thereby alerting you to a problem with the device. If the casing of the same device with the same short circuit is not connected to ground, when you touch the casing YOU may become the ground (which would suck). If, on the other hand, you have 2-prong lights plugged into a 3-prong extension cord which is then plugged into a 2-prong extension cord, that’s not a problem. I could explain why, but it’s easier to simply say “Don’t plug a three-prong device into a two-prong outlet/cord” since that covers my arse as far as liability for your electrocution death is concerned.

3) The ground wire doesn’t carry current unless there is a problem with a grounded device plugged into it. You don’t need to tape the third prong (which is beside the point since you generally shouldn’t be using it with a 2-prong cord).

You should just go to home depot and buy some outdoor extension cords.

I only know that a person is not supposed to do this, but I don’t know why. I’m hoping someone can give me a good, clear explanation as to why and

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The GFCI Portable Plug-In Adapter detects ground faults and cuts off electricity to reduce the risk of electrical shock. Use anywhere GFCI protection is desired: kitchens, bathrooms, garages and workshops. The GFCI Portable Plug-In Adapter comes with a 1-year limited warranty that protects against defects in material and workmanship.

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  • Rated for 15 Amp and 120-Volt
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

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