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Old 11-30-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Ok...I feel like a dope for asking this but....I've only lived in my current home for a few years...and prior to that was in SoCal so rarely had to deal with rain. For the exterior xmas light connections is there some "trick" that I'm not aware of to keep them waterproof??? I mean I have just about everything covered up with either duct tape, plastic bags or both...but we've gotten a lot of rain today and some of my circuits are shorting out. What is the best way to waterproof them??? I thought I had everything buttoned down but apparently not. Any tips or tricks out there??

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What exactly happened when your "circuits shorted out" today?

I've been dealing with snow and rain on Christmas lights for years. I usually just wrap the ends with some electrical tape to attempt to keep water out, but it never really works very well. Still, I've never had a problem with anything shorting out.

Are your lights connected to a GFCI? If so is that what has been tripping?

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What exactly happened when your "circuits shorted out" today?

I've been dealing with snow and rain on Christmas lights for years. I usually just wrap the ends with some electrical tape to attempt to keep water out, but it never really works very well. Still, I've never had a problem with anything shorting out.
Sorry if that's not the right term..but trips the GFI.
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Sorry if that's not the right term..but trips the GFI.
I just added that to my last post when I realized that might be the problem.

I've never had that problem because I've never connected my lights to a GFCI

Your best bet is to dry all the connections out and then try to seal them from the rain as best as possible. Put loops in the wire so the water runs down the loop and falls off to the ground instead of running into the connector.
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