Rain and Christmas makes for a not very merry time.
But rain and Christmas LIGHTS makes Tuula and me paraphrase Santa by lamenting “Wo Wo Wo!” because most of the lights around our house keep going out.
So far it has been a very trying season for us and our decorated house.
For the past few nights now we’ve been constantly running outside playing a some sort of electric Rubik’s cube trying to align the cords and power so that the breaker wouldn’t trip. Just when we think we’ve solved the mystery, ZAP the lights go out (again)!
At first we thought it might be because we added a few more items this year around the house, (we’re not the Griswolds, but we’re not far behind). But, thanks to LED lighting, that’s not it.
Apparently the problem is the outdoor outlets that include the new safety standard ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). We’ve had trouble in previous years when it’s been a rainy December, but nothing like this.
Now, I’m no electrician (nothing shocking there) but I’m told that if the GFCI detects moisture anywhere along a line (cord) it will trip for safety reasons. Gee, moisture outside in December what are the odds? Especially one where it’s been raining more than snowing!
Tuula has done a fantastic job of covering all the connecting points with tupperware containers or flower pots to keep them dry, but nothing seems to be lasting more than 10 minutes of late.
So, we’re surrendering – bending (before we ‘break’) and have called in the professionals. Hopefully they will help us fix the problem and help us celebrate the season.
If that doesn’t work, I plan on calling the weatherman and ask for some snowy weather.
Maybe soon it will begin to look like Christmas around the McGriswolds’ house once again.