Best outdoor outlet enclosure

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Old 04-02-18, 04:58 PM
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Question Best outdoor outlet enclosure

What is the best outdoor outlet enclosure considering money is not an issue (assuming the cost is somewhere between $20-$100)?

I need to install one of those smart outlet controllers which then I will connect my landscape lights. So there will be GFCI in the outlet enclosure which then will have one of these: https://www.amazon.com/GE-Wireless-L.../dp/B0013V8K3O

Then I will have the landscape light transformer/controller connected to that. This is all because they dont make a "smart outdoor outlet" and the only way is to use one of those.

which is why I will need an enclosure that can accommodate a wire that thick that will be connected 24/7/365 and will not short/etc. Since I will only have 1, the money is not an issue as I want something that will last.
 
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Old 04-02-18, 05:08 PM
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If you are looking for an in-use cover, metal ones will last longer then plastic.
 
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Old 04-04-18, 10:30 AM
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The first one is not typically code compliant since you can't leave something plugged in and keep it raintight. (picture christmas lights plugged in for a month)

I like the second one, it leaves space for an extension cord to be plugged in and closed. The last Leviton one seems fine too.

I've seen those expando-covers, but have never used one. They look neat, but I can't comment on how well they actually work.
 
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Old 04-04-18, 07:38 PM
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#2 would be my first choice ( https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-Gang-V...280S/202589082 )

#3 is an in-use cover but is not rated "extra Duty" as required by the 2014 NEC or newer.
 
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Thanks I am going with your suggestions.

the only issue I now realized is any non GFCI WR outlet has only 1 top screw hole. They dont have the second screw hole like gfci does. So what that means is the box, outlet, and the cover all held together by the same screw. Is this okay?

i bought one of those boxes with only 1 hole on top/bottom.

outlet: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...0-GY/301361640

box: https://www.homedepot.com/p/BELL-2-G...1-0B/204208020

The cover has only 2 screw locations. One for the topmost gfci hole and another for the standard screw location. It has no holes for the corners.
 
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Old 04-05-18, 04:45 PM
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So what that means is the box, outlet, and the cover all held together by the same screw. Is this okay

Yes. That how I normally do it.
 
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