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Old 10-13-2006, 03:41 PM   #31 (permalink)
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That's what I do. I have the portable plug in GFCI outlet and then plugged in to the surge protector. When I had my mini aqualight fall into the aquarium, it triggered the safety off switch near instantly. I got mine from Orchard Hardware Supply (OSH) for about $30.

This thread reminds me that I should get another one with my upcoming tank.

-John N.

How about the $13 one on this page compared to the $28 one one the same page?

Shock Buster Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters by Tower Mfg.
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My guess would be that it would work. But it's only a guess. I might have order a couple to find out.

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I will probably get the 5-outlet one. Time to take a trip to Home Depot or Lowe's. =) Thanks for this life-saving tip.
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How about the $13 one on this page compared to the $28 one one the same page?

Shock Buster Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters by Tower Mfg.
That is pretty steep for those, I paid $6 for mine at Wal Mart. Here is another product I posted earlier......DC
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:21 AM   #35 (permalink)
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This same topic has just come up over at The Planted Tank. I don't think that it can be emphasized enough that a surge protector is not the same thing as a ground fault interrupt.

Here is my response on that forum:

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I use a good computer power strip in lue of a GFCI.
a push of a button is all i need to reset the GFCI.
I haven't seen any computer power strips which include GFCI. They are all fused and have surge protection, but would be useless in the event of a ground fault.
The entire idea of GUCCI outlets is that they cut power instantaneously if they detect a short circuit. The breakers in your panel *may* trip in a similar situation, but neither is it guaranteed, but it's also a slower process that will leave you exposed to shock for a longer period of time.
For those who aren't able to install a GUCCI outlet, consider at least plugging your power strip into a protected pigtail such as the one here: Right Angle GUCCI Pigtail

To be honest I haven't set up a protected circuit at home yet (though it's on my to-do list), but at work I often use power tools in wet areas and wouldn't consider plugging anything in without the piece I've linked to above. I think my life is worth at least $20 or so.
btw - the big home improvement stores sell these as well. I think I got mine from Lowe's.

Edit: I've just noticed the site above has several other products that could be useful. They're on this page: GFCIs
and a link to the thread there: GUCCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet? - The Planted Tank Forum

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A thought for those who install dedicated in-wall GFCI outlets: If you have several outlets supplying your fish tank you may still need only 1 GFCI outlet. Any additional outlets wired "downstream" will actually receive the same protection.

While this might not be ideal for those who are already wired in the walls (sometimes it's hard to tell how the circuit runs), it can make it very easy for those who choose to electrify their stands with outlets constructed on the interior.
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:39 PM   #37 (permalink)
 
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When I first bought my house, I went to home depot and purchased 20+ GFI in wall outlets. A contractor beside be said, "You only need to do the down stream one". While he is right, determing the wiring in a old house would take more time than replacing the outlets. I mentioned this and he laughed.

You hear of people dropping in lights, etc. all the time, be safe.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:24 PM   #38 (permalink)
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get an in-wall gfci outlet, mount it in a switch box, and attach a grounded power cord. makes a nice, two outlet gfci protected power source. no problems with it having to be manually reset after a power outage. it has saved my life on more than one occasion.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:59 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I built one into my hood that I built. The main circuit is on a circuit breaker, but the lights and heater are on the GFI. I paid i think 20 some dollars at home depot. But then again if it saves a life it's worth it.
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