Had a quick question. I am using a Crouzet GA8-6D05 SSR to relay xmas lights for the holidays. I basically hacked an extension cord (120VAC US <1Amp) to do this. I am currently using a spliced extension cord to perform on and off operations via a micro controller.
During the summer, we commonly use this same outlet for a water fountain on our patio (also 120VAC US <1Amp). I was thinking to use the SSR mentioned above to switch the water fountain on and off also. I am thinking that the best way to make this work would be to hack the actual outlet. I already know that you can separate a two plug receptacle by cutting the metal plate which connects positive on one side and negative on the other.
My question is: What will happen to the SSR if the load exceeds more than the max 5 amps it is rated for? Will it blow up, start a fire, or just reject the call for the extra amps? I am concerned about fire hazards, not really concerned about the thing dieing necessarily. I worry about leaving this in the wall if I sell the house as I do not plan to use the outlet for anything more than what is stated above, but the next home owners may not follow directions.
Thanks in advance for your help!