jtomason Posted December 16, 2018 Share Posted December 16, 2018 So Friday we had a rather unusual rain event for Florida in December - training thunderstorms that dumped rain on us for a solid 2 hours. That cancelled the show that night. 2 hours prior to showtime last night I inspected the yard.. No standing water, everything electrical looked dry, etc, so I ran a quick test, and everything worked fine. At showtime, however, everything went wrong. A little background: I have one circuit that covers all the outside outlets, and it has a GFCI outlet right before the panel. I only draw 10a when the entire show is lit, max brightness - so no worries there, and no issues since we bought the house or, indeed, until last night. I use two outlets for the entire show. So the first issue was the GFCI outlet kept tripping. I would reset it, it would stay good for a few to several minutes and trip again. So, I figured I had an outlet that was wet that I missed - but where? So my first troubleshooting step was to pull one of the outlets and run an extension cord into the house. When I saw which outlet tripped, I'd know which half of the show to focus on. Problem was, it never tripped for the rest of the night. However, what did happen was that half the show stopped working intermittently. I figured (correctly) that there was an issue with the RS-485 wiring, and began tracing it. It was failing just before my LOR 50W floodlight - which ships with waterproof RJ-45 connectors. When I moved the wire on the front side of the spotlight, things would start working. However, it would stop working at a random point afterwards. Thinking that maybe the RJ-45 connector went bad, I cut it and crimped on a new one - and in doing so, I noticed a decent amount of water in the connector. Cleared that out, plugged the cable back in, and that fixed it for a short time before it began failing again. However, this time the floodlight was working, but everything after it was not. So, I checked the other connector, and it, too, was full of water. Rain hasn't been a real problem in December, so I haven't ever had to really think too much about water incursion. I have almost everything off the ground - except, of course, those connectors - which are pretty close to the floodlight, which itself is on the ground. So, my fix is going to be to simply zip-tie them to stakes and get them off the ground. Hopefully this helps someone else with similar problems. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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