This is why pool wiring is not for amateurs

Ron NatalieApril 18, 2014
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ionized_gw

Putting lights under water seems like a stupid idea to start with.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 6:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joefixit2

"After the incident, a contractor found an important ground wire to the pool light wasn't connected and may have sent a full 120 volts to the fixture, instead of just 12. The heavy current appears to have accelerated the steel casing of the light which allowed water to seep into the fixture."

Ummm Whaaatt???????

"Local 10 also obtained the report from that inspection and it shows the electrician made another discovery that he found troubling; the entire house isn't grounded. The report shows it's missing two copper ground rods. It's unclear who removed the rods, why and how long ago."

Ummm OK so the ground rods would've saved his life??

Hopefully there is someone on that investigation that knows what they are doing.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 8:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Ron Natalie

Never expect the press to get anything technical right. I suspect the investigator got it right. I suspect he missing "ground" wire and rods were a failure to bond the lighting niche or such. I doubt it was miswired with 120V rather than 12 just that the interviewed investigator said that this fixture used 120 rather than 12.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 3:55AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joefixit2

Comical as well that they think someone removed grounding rods. They were probably never there to begin with, probably an older service originally using a water pipe electrode.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 10:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
btharmy

So sad.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 9:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Ron Natalie

And it happened again, fortunately this time without fatalities (though it could have been worse).

Here is a link that might be useful: Three kids shocked

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 6:46PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Wireless light switch for switched outlet?
So we have no overhead lighting in any of our bedrooms,...
vikingshelmut
Can you make a splice inside one of these?
The reason I ask is my neighbor's house was destroyed...
schreibdave
Bath fan/light combo
Attached is wiring diagram of masterbath (I hope I...
jaspol
Humming Transformer
Last summer the POCO replaced the transformer on the...
mike_kaiser_gw
Installing 220/240V. 50/60Hz appliances from Europe
I hope to install a "Domino" modular system...
panchoandlefty
Sponsored Products
Bel Air Lighting Pendants & Hanging Fixtures 4-Light Black Foyer Pendant with
Home Depot
Alessi | 826 Round Wire Basket
$110.00 | YLighting
Blue 'Shake the Sand' Box Sign
$34.99 | zulily
Masiero Lighting | Tessuti Dome 4 Light Pendant Light
YLighting
Adelaide' 26-inch High WIth Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish Table Lamp
Overstock.com
Crystorama 14-CH-CL-MWP Celia Pendant - Polished Chrome - 143-CH-CL-MWP
$250.00 | Hayneedle
Jaipur Rugs Handmade Cotton En Casa by Luli Sanchez Pouf - Taupe/Ivory Ivory Whi
$200.10 | Hayneedle
Virtu USA Bathroom Dior 66 in. Double Vanity in Espresso with Ceramic Vanity
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™