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Yesterday while I was doing a WC I splashed a little water onto one of my power strips. I immediatley wiped it off so they were dry; a few minutes later "CLICK" and my GFCI swithed off.

Without the GFCI there might have been a few problems. ;)


If you don't have one, get one ASAP; you never know when something could go wrong. :agree:
 

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i wouldn't even consider for a moment ,keeping any electrical equipment near water without a gfci. i'v even replaced the outlets near my sinks with gfci outlets. i'm a maint supervisor at a power plant and for anyone who's ever tested a 9v battery with your tongue , a bit of info, UNDER THE RIGHT CONDITIONS 9 VOLTS CAN KILL A GROWN MAN. in this hobby ,gfci's are a must. be safe
 

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It's funny if you think about it. Last night the power went off causing my tank to overflow and get the power strip wet and killing the circuit breaker. I awoke this morning in a panic to fink my tank still and the lights to the clock off. so I checked and the breaker was tripped and the powerstrip was soaked. i am going with the sump and overflow when i get back from my honeymoon. to try and help this problem. My girl likes for me to keep the tank kinda low so this does not happen. but i like it al the full. Anyway there you go. LOL.
 

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dobejazz said:
Glad nothing worse happened Vince
Same here. :eek:

I thought I had acted fast enough and wiped off all the water; just lucky I had the GFCI to let me know otherwise.

I would rank it as the #1 piece of reefing equipment.
 

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GFCI is good...my tank overflowed last week and the powerstrip behind the tank caught on fire. I cannot recommend having your wiring on one enough. I smelled that electrical burning smell and ran to the breaker box but if I was not there then one cool A frame would be cinders.
 

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Please don't assume that GFCI's are going to protect your equipment from a fire. That's not what they're designed to do. They're designed to protect YOU. If the short (from water ect.) is from the hot to neutral, the GFCI will NOT trip. I've seen them completly melt down. AFCI's (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters) will protect against shorts and arcs. I've been told that AFCI's also provide Ground Fault Protection, but I haven't tested this personally.
 

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Butch, some are rated for both, but AFIC does not stop GFCI as you would expect. I keep outlets in series for the GFCI function and run Arc fault breakers at the box for the aquarium room, the baths, the kitchen, and the bedrooms, but I'm considering converting tham all over to AFC over the next several months (once the pig is done...)

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My tanks all have GFCI protection now but I never did get how some people manage to try to fry themselves. I guess I have always been cautious with water and electricity...

I do understand the overflows onto the powerstrips but this is why you should mount your stuff on the wall rather than leave it on the floor. I really think people overlook the fact that things drip and if you don't make a drip loop and keep the powerstrips off the floor, GFCI's won't save you in the long run.

An example, I recently had a neighbor overflow their apartment with the washer machine line not being in the right spot. This is next to the wall where my aquariums are. If my powerstrips had been on the floor, there could have been serious issues but they were a foot up. This meant when maintenance came over to let us know what had happened and checked the area, they let out a sigh of relief when they saw the powercords up and away from the floor (of course they were thrilled about the GFCI's too, lots of stupid people in apartments) and just brought us a blower to deal with the soggy carpet (think 3 inches thick).

There is a reason power strips have holes in their backs, please use them and help protect yourself from avoidable damage. Its cheap and easy and can eliminate a lot of problems. GFCI's are great but what happens to your fish while they wait for power?

Will admit though, this is the first time I have heard anyone mention the ARC ones.
 

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Many states require the ARC fault breakers for bed rooms now. In the states that require them, the number of electrical fires has decreased by a substantial amount (at least 50%).
 

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I have got to look into these, this AM, I had my hand in the tank and the PC lights fell in with me, DUH! Glad everything was OK for you!
 

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Many states require the ARC fault breakers for bed rooms now.
This is National Code. All states should be complying.
 

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Butch, some are rated for both, but AFIC does not stop GFCI as you would expect.
Tom, that's what I thought. I would imagine that it's coming though.
 

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reefBoyDc said:
Should be. :)







One thing I very highly don't recommend (but have done of course :D) is take the ends of a plug that have been plugged into your GFCI and dunk it in a glass of water; it instanly clicks off. This is what a GFCI is made for; a high resistance low amp short. Do not do this tho. ;)
 
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