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Offline rmstevensiii

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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2009, 09:53:15 »
When it comes to GFI, I'm an official member of the "scared straight" club! 

This is great info for those new to the forum, and a great reminder for the rest of us.  Thanks for posting. 





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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2009, 10:22:25 »
Alright, enough said. All three of my tanks are getting new outlets this weekend.

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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2009, 10:39:55 »
Thanks 4 sharing pics. I think I'm going to gfci breaker and all cords.
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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2009, 10:44:16 »
I credit my GFI outlet for me not losing more than what I did when my tank developed a leak a couple years ago. Once the collecting water hit the power strip the GFI killed everything.
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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2009, 10:46:01 »
No, it just means the Hot and Neutral legs are reversed on the outlet.  The smaller sized slot in the outlet is supposed to be the hot side.  Most stuff will work with it switched the wrong way like yours, but its better when they are correctly wired.

What can I do in my situation? Should I buy one of those outlet adapters?

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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2009, 12:55:30 »
What can I do in my situation? Should I buy one of those outlet adapters?

The wires need to be switched on the back of the outlet.
Gary


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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2009, 16:52:49 »
What can I do in my situation? Should I buy one of those outlet adapters?

As Gary said just swap the wires. To do that- shutoff the circut at the breaker box. Then unscrew the wall plug that is reversed and switch your white and black wires. Screw it back in, flip the breaker on and retest.


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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2009, 17:01:53 »
yep, black wire under the brass screw, white wire under the silver screw.

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Re: Your life depends on it
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2009, 20:00:05 »
Those photos are a good reminder to install drip loops on everything too.  My tank is in the basement, so all outlets are high above the tank.   Those with tanks in living areas need to avoid putting things on the floor behind the tank.  Under the tank, or off the side.

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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2010, 00:07:49 »
I just want to say thanks for this thread. GFCI's have saved my rear on several occasions!

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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2010, 15:00:34 »
I run multiple GFCI's on my setup.  My recirc pump is on the first GFCI as well as one heater and a power head.  The other daisy chained sockets are on another GFCI that have my power heads, fans, lights, and other stuff.  That way if my lights pop or something, I still have my recirc running.  No power strips for me... that is if I can help it!

I did have a friend catch his wall on fire cause he was using a power strip that shorted and lit his place up!  They also found out that they tank was on the same circuit of their window air conditioner on the other side of the house.

Gotta love old home's wiring! :o
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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2010, 15:58:14 »
I run gfci breakers on all my aquarium outlets.

Offline Midwest Express

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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2010, 15:59:18 »
I run gfci breakers on all my aquarium outlets.

That is how it should be done!

I would actually like to see how they do it at the aquariums.  She how they handle their power.
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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2010, 16:26:52 »
I had the same prob when I first moved into my house.  I called Ohio Edison and they came out and ran a power test on the transformer on the pole outside.  Come to find they had a prob they didn't realize (or care to fix until I complained) with their transformer.  They fixed it and magically I didn't have anymore power dips or power issues.  I got tired of my servers and PC equipment dipping out ever so often.

Doesn't work when you are hosting web space and trying to run a web server!  Let alone my fish tanks.
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Re: Electrical Safety
« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2010, 16:30:22 »
Doesn't work when you are hosting web space and trying to run a web server!  Let alone my fish tanks.

Nobody really cares about uptime anyways
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