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Article Illustration  3/5/07 Dear Bob, I have a quick question.  I was reading your article on GFCIs, electricity, and the Aquarium Garden ( http://www.wetwebmedia.com/PlantedTksSubWebIndex/gfiuseag.htm).  In the article, you mention two illustrations:  one for the duplex outlets and one for an idea to conform with the National Electric Code. <Yes... and I see the graphics are AWOL> However, neither illustration is present in the article.  They're not in the source page, either.  Are they perhaps present in a different place on your website? <Mmm, one is here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/gfcimarines.htm>   I understand that there is a LOT with this website, but I would be very interested in the illustration of conforming.   Thank you for your time and what you do for this hobby, Celeste <Thank you for this... will look for t'other. BobF> <Found a copy (analog) of the other graphic... but no ding dang flat-bed scanner... maybe I can fax it to my desktop... B... Maybe send the fax to someone on the Crew... and they can open e'... cropped and send back graphic?>

Plug-in GFCI Hi Bob, Just read about plug-in GFCI's on http://www.wetwebmedia.com/PlantedTksSubWebIndex/gfiuseag.htm I've called every electrical supplier in San Jose, and none have even heard of plug-in GFCI's.  Do you have the name of a manufacturer of same? Thanks, Frank Kirby <Woods makes one as well as several other manufacturers. Try Home Depot, Loews, etc.  Craig>

GFI Read your article about GFI, or GFCI as Leviton calls the unit I just purchased, on Wet Web Media but on my computer the illustration of the arrangement of a service switch, GFI duplex outlet & time clock did not appear. <Have fixed, placed the graphic on WWM, and attached here.> Would you send it to me via email with the hopes that will duplicate here or can you tell me where to get a like illustration. I have read elsewhere of installing a titanium wire from the tank water to a ground such as a water pipe as additional protection to a GFI. To your knowledge is this true or is it overkill due to a thought surge? <Such grounds are a good idea if/when working with much amperage... The GFI/GFCI should provide sufficient protection in your case. Bob Fenner> Alan


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