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weatherproofing HDMI
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Post 1 made on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 13:53
Scott Hadfield
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Hello,
I have an install coming up for an outdoor TV that will be taken inside during the off season. The TV end of the HDMI will remain outside. I am looking for either an outdoor rated 4K capable HDMI or a weatherproof cover for the cable end when its not in use. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Post 2 made on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 15:33
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self amalgamating tape
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Post 3 made on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 15:38
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Terminate cable to a weatherproof box with a rain tight cover. Use short HDMi cable from box to TV, Remove short cable in winter.
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OP | Post 4 made on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 16:46
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Thanks, I'll check that out
Post 5 made on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 21:49
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On January 25, 2018 at 15:33, Duct Tape said...
self amalgamating tape

You had it set up to nail it out of the park and you went with "self amalgamating tape"? The obvious answer is Duct Tape.

What ericspencer said...
Post 6 made on Friday January 26, 2018 at 10:17
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On January 25, 2018 at 21:49, davey28 said...
You had it set up to nail it out of the park and you went with "self amalgamating tape"? The obvious answer is Duct Tape.

What ericspencer said...

I'm so disappointed in myself
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Post 7 made on Friday January 26, 2018 at 23:09
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Plumbing Goop. It won’t break down in the weather like silicone

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Post 8 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 02:33
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On January 26, 2018 at 23:09, Fins said...
Plumbing Goop.

I love sourcing product and talking to people. I ended up on the phone one day with a salesperson at the company that makes Goop and I found out that all the differently labeled Goops are the same product.

Goop used to be sold in the hardware store in the adhesives area, usually found in the paint department. At some point someone in another department, say, plumbing, wanted to carry Goop, and their department buyer called asking if there were a Goop for plumbing. After a few departments had done this, the Goop people realized they could sell more if they were to label it especially for the department they were selling to.
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Post 9 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 02:51
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On January 26, 2018 at 10:17, Duct Tape said...
I'm so disappointed in myself

Me too due the dry reply. It's all good, I guess it was funnier to me than everyone else.

Carry on......
Post 10 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 07:13
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I the TV hanging out, unprotected in the weather?

My inclination would be to wrap the connector head in plastic, then over wrap with a quality tape, such as Scotch 33, 33+, or 88. (The plastic wrap prevents the over warp adhesive from making a mess on the connector pins.)

Another plan would stuff the cable end into a pillbox, along with a desiccant pack, then over wrap.
Post 11 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 13:07
Ernie Gilman
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On January 27, 2018 at 07:13, buzz said...
My inclination would be to wrap the connector head in plastic

How about a free custom HDMI connector end cover? Have you ever seen one of those?

Sure you have! EVERY time we install an HDMI cable we throw away two perfectly form-fitting covers that could be slipped over the end of the connector before tape is applied. These covers would keep anything from touching the actual connector, then tape would seal it up. Start collecting them for your outdoor jobs like this!

Another plan would stuff the cable end into a pillbox, along with a desiccant pack, then over wrap.

A desiccant pack will absorb a certain amount of moisture. After that it won't. All it does then is make you think moisture is being absorbed. Desiccant packs are worthless in the long run unless you remove them and heat them up to drive out the moisture they have absorbed. I haven't seen anybody notice that or do anything about it for decades.

My favorite stupid use of a desiccant pack is inside a CCTV camera housing. I got a blank look when I mentioned to the tech guy that desiccants get full.
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Post 12 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 13:16
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On January 25, 2018 at 15:38, ericspencer said...
Terminate cable to a weatherproof box with a rain tight cover. Use short HDMi cable from box to TV, Remove short cable in winter.
Post 13 made on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 20:37
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On January 27, 2018 at 13:07, Ernie Gilman said...
How about a free custom HDMI connector end cover? Have you ever seen one of those?

No, they always come in pairs, but they don't cover the whole plug. I'd like to keep the tape residue away from the the connector body too.
Post 14 made on Monday February 5, 2018 at 17:10
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Figuring something like this, with hole drilled into weatherproof box, like a Carlon.

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Post 15 made on Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 05:51
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Nuetrik makes a nice bulkhead mount HDMI jack with an optional hinged cover. Looks like a power port in a vehicle with a snap lock door over it.
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