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Is this waterproof?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Ltnman, 24 Nov 2020.

  1. Ltnman

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    Has a hinged Perspex cover. It is located by a pavement on the highway[​IMG]
     
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    Hard to tell but doesn't look like it, splash proof perhaps.
     
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    We class using an IP rating, IP something number where the number is
    1 Protected against dripping water
    2 Protected against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees
    3 Protected against spraying water
    4 Protected against splashing water
    5 Protected against water jets
    6 Protected against powerful water jets
    7 Protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water
    8 Protected against the effects of continuous immersion in water
    9K Protected against high temperature and high pressure water jets
    So likely the enclosure shown is IP54 which means Dust protected (with or without vacuum applied to the product) and Protected against splashing water. And in the main that is OK for some thing outside.

    You can likely take some thing 422 meters below sea level without getting water ingress, but only on the shores of the Dead Sea, look at any divers watch and it is unlikely to be rated to go that deep. In real terms nothing is water proof, it is only water resistance.
     
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    but are divers waterproof to 422 metres........
     
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    WTF that can't be a DB surely, oh well at least it's accessible.... Oh hang on it's not unless the visiting spark has a set of hedge cutters.
     
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    I'd be lifting that cover to discover the make of it and looking online to see if its IP rating is suitable for outside.
     
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    You missed point it may be below sea level but not under water.
     
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    Seems strange I can stand in the street and look inside this households unit. I can't see anything that shows an IP rating. Maybe it has or maybe it hasn't

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ooh, Chint, there’s lovely!
     
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    That's not designed to be used out side like that, it should be inside an Enclosure. Damp will get into that eventually
     
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    I notice it is marked EVC - Electric Vehicle Charger (?) Who installed it?

    I'd guess that the feed comes in through the wall and the SWA runs to the charge connector point. It looks as if the actual EVC is built into the CU- - the module with the LEDs on and the contactor to its right.
     
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    Yes it is for an Electric vehicle. The main consumer unit will be on the other side of the wall in what was the garage and probably boxed in. As the garage has now been converted to a room I assume the owner didn’t want it inside and on show.
     
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    Given my experience of IP44 lamps/fittings filling with water, I'd disagree with that statement :whistle:
     
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    It is often better to simply ensure gap in seal or drilled hole at bottom so any water can exist. What can happen is where the unit is heated and cooled, water can be sucked in as it cools, if there is a gap at bottom next time it heats up it is forced out again, but anywhere else it slowly builds up over time.
     
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