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#110748 - 06/17/06 09:53 PM Outdoor Outlet Violations
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Loc: NY, USA
Here are some pictures that I thought would be of interest.

These were taken at my friend’s cottage. His grand-father is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Outlets like these were all around the property mainly supplying power for lights. In the first series of pictures, the SO extension cord that runs into the PVC pipe goes INTO THE LAKE to supply power for some lights installed on the dock!!! The next are of an outlet in the garden. Yes, a hose tap is installed on the other side. Remember, no GFCI is installed.

I thought you guys might enjoy these!
Best regards,

William B.

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#110749 - 06/18/06 10:09 AM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
gideonr Offline

Registered: 12/18/04
Posts: 152
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
The electrons are going to come out dizzy.

#110750 - 06/18/06 10:10 AM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
There are a lot of pictures on here that are code violations, but then you have ones like this where I'm honestly amazed nobody has been electrocuted. I'd be willing to bet that hinges almost totally on luck that nobody has happened to touch any of this mess when it's been covered in dew or rainwater or spray from that hose.

That's just incredible.


PS: Any obvious reason why this guy decided to spool the wire around all the posts before entering the boxes?

#110751 - 06/19/06 12:55 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
Rick Kelly Offline

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 60
Loc: Iqaluit, NU, Canada
John... your question made me chuckle. Maybe he thought a "drip loop" would make it safer. LOL.

#110752 - 06/19/06 01:09 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
My guess would be a crude "strain relief"?

Say something, or someone, gets caught on the wires and pulls, it won't rip out of the box?


#110753 - 06/19/06 01:53 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
Jonno Offline

Registered: 05/27/06
Posts: 20
Why is it that once you get to cottage country, people who would otherwise hire someone compentent get creative:

- Handy boxes outside
- No GFCIs anywhere
- SO for permentant instalations
- romex for extension cords
- Burried junctions (sometimes in dirt)
- Flying Splices
- Water pipe for conduit
- Wood for conduit
- Conduit, we don't need no stinking Conduit!

The most fun was my parents cottage, not only did who ever rewired it (before I got there) only use cable clamps where they were visible (to the inspector?) he did not connect that funny looking bare wire in the romex to anything.

#110754 - 06/19/06 03:03 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
xGROMx Offline

Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 21
Loc: Manteo, NC
whats up with the third photo? all i see is a yellow tie rope

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#110755 - 06/19/06 05:00 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
trobb Offline

Registered: 06/08/06
Posts: 111
Loc: Iowa City, IA
It looks like there is something tied to the pipe (or conduit, can't tell) under the water. Perhaps it's a mis-applied cable?

#110756 - 06/20/06 09:37 AM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
SteveFehr Offline

Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1192
Loc: Chesapeake, VA
Of course he wouldn't have a GFCI on there, damned things would keep nuisance tripping every time it rains!

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#110757 - 06/20/06 03:34 PM Re: Outdoor Outlet Violations
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
Who's going to inherit the boat?

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