Picture speaks for itself! Found this one on the Coast of Oregon ...note the corrosion on the cover. Apparently the cover mounting screws corroded off and a creative way was found to keep the cover (sort of) mounted on the box. The extension cord left this box and was then buried on it's way to another building across a parking lot.
That cord cap looks like the Chinese-made General Electric ones sold in places like K-Mart and Wal-Mart.
They're nasty suckers...my experience with one of them has been that the screws holding the dead-front and the rubber husk together don't tighten and grip properly and eventually they will separate, leaving the chunk of plastic with the pins stuck in the socket when you go to pull it out of the socket.
I don't know how they got the UL listing (there have been instances of Chinese manufacturers couterfeiting the UL seals, which is why now UL requires that hologram foil label on any electric stuff coming from China).
Also the strain relief clamp doesn't grip the cord jacket properly...and if you tighten those screws too much they will strip.
[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 11-25-2002).]
Re: Picture speaks for itself!#103788 11/25/0201:00 PM11/25/0201:00 PM
For the price of a Mcdonalds lunch he could have replced the rec. and the cover plate. I usually find them with a $4 tube of silicone plastered all the way around. Cover plate $2.89 + duplex rec. $.49 , whats the logic?????????
Re: Picture speaks for itself!#103791 11/26/0208:09 PM11/26/0208:09 PM
I've seen that before.... I've even saved a piece of decomposed extension cord to show people that it will not withstand prolonged burial. Now that Ideal is selling a UF stripper, perhaps we'll see less of this, though I'd much prefer pipe....even if the pipe isn't buried as deep as it should be.
Re: Picture speaks for itself!#103793 11/27/0211:34 AM11/27/0211:34 AM