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    Waterproof sockets

    I can't seem to source any electrical power sockets suitable for outside use, I am in the Chiang Mai area. I have really only looked in all the majors eg., Home Pro etc as I do not currently know of specialist places.

    The sockets only need to be splash proof as it were as they will not be subject to direct rain.
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    ''Haco'' make a nice see thru cover box 'A8-W221V' its true there not waterproof just splash proof,
    I found em in a Lampang Major Electrical store so they must be in CNX, as it caters for more Farlang then this District.

    recomend on the Super Hi-way area near the Main Bus Stop [same side Hi-way] shop has small car park with Water Tanks on display, sorry cant remember much more,

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    Yup, rather than what you know as an outdor socket, it's more common here to have a box as mentioned above (get from electrical retailor) Size of box is dependent on how many sockets/points you then want to put inside it.

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    correction! Main Bus Terminal in CNX, around that area on Super Hi way,

    there's also a Shop that only caters for Door fittings and Locks and Hinges, Top Brands and of course lower 'Name' Brands, its a bit like the ''Golden Mile'' for us

    Best Tile shop across the Hi-way on the way to Sam pan ket / all in a 3km radius

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    As said above the best you are going to do is a locking box. Make sure nothing is plugged in during the rain. We have two outside. By locking I mean a click sound so you know the box is sealed. The box you by is up to you here.

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    Thanks MingMong, I'll check that out.

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    Your only option is to put moisture proof covers on. And, even those are hard to find.

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    Go to tesco or big C and buy the click sealable waterproof airtight type boxes you use to store food in the fridge (tuppaware shit). Mount it to the wall and mount the backboard. You could put some outdoor silicone behind it when you mount it to waterproof the mounting.
    Drill a hole in the side facing down for the power line to come through, once the wire is in and connected silicone around it.
    Waterproof, bug proof.

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    Water proof outlet boxes and the fittings are available in all electric stores throughout Thailand, if they sell electric stuff as their main item they will have them, wouldn't like to test them in the rain here though

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    When I had my electrics done, they just mounted a small white box with a door and fitted a normal double socket inside

    works fine

    seems like that is the most common way, judging by the posts above

    if anyone wants a proper waterproof socket, just PM me and I can bring one, but it will be UK standard so pretty useless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    When I had my electrics done, they just mounted a small white box with a door and fitted a normal double socket inside

    works fine

    seems like that is the most common way, judging by the posts above

    if anyone wants a proper waterproof socket, just PM me and I can bring one, but it will be UK standard so pretty useless!
    going by your UK plugs, they'd be the very best that 19th century blacksmiths could forge?
    I brought a bunch over from Oz for when I build. But then I also brought a box of Oz plugs as well.

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    jolly funny

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    water proof , does not exist .

    water resistant yes

    the difference is deadly .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    water proof , does not exist .

    water resistant yes

    the difference is deadly .
    AGREED!

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    I'd be inclined to call them weather resistant.

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    hi all, i have them all around the house, the ones with the little see thru silicone type cover on that lifts up, they are fine as water resistant but if they are in direct sun the bloody cover perishes, i have 2 i will need to replace, bear it in mind, cheers

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    The safety in the rain concern is the greatest reason to have all of the outdoor outlets connected to a 30ma RCD. If possible run them on a separate circuit from the interior outlets. But for safety's sake use a RCD protected circuit.

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    Ingress Protection rating

    The equipment you need should have a minimum rating of IP44 (splash proof). Most 'weatherproof' electrical equipment is rated at IP54 (splash & dust proof).

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    Take a look at the IP ratings chart,

    Process and Automation Centre, RS is a world leading distributor of Process Control and Automation Components; with the widest range of products from control gear to sensors and PLCs to pneumatics from the market leading brands.

    For outside application i'd go IP55 just in case there is a hosepipe around.

    And yes make sure its earth leakage protected, 30mA 30mS, and regularly test it .

    You can't argue with that

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