Cord for outdoor post light, no plug??

cardwellaveMay 1, 2011

Hey all I have an outdoor post light and there is a cord that runs into the ground and then pops out next to the house, goes in a small hole and into the basement. I can find the cord in the basement and it simply is plug. the cord is quite narrow, maybe an eighth of an inch and round. About as big as one half of a typical cord on a lamp that looks like two lines put together. My question is how do I go about fixing this to run it somewhere to plug in? I want to see if it will work, I would really like the post light to work!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It's a pretty safe bet that whatever you have existing doesn't meet code. There's a fair chance the plug is cut off because there's a short in the line. You'd need to use a cable approved for direct burial like UF-B.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 6:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It sounds like somebody hacked it up with inappropriate and unapproved wire, and the wire failed. I think I see some digging in your future.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 5:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The only way that could not be a code violation -- and not be potentially dangerous -- is: 1) if the light is low voltage (12V), and the wiring is, too; or 2) that wire is part of the controller for a photocell and the power comes from elsewhere. Can you tell by inspection if that is a regular fixture or low voltage, or if you can see a photocell anywhere?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 6:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If you use rigid metal or intermediate conduit you only need to bury the conduit 6 inches deep.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 9:34AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help with 240V 50A location
I'm trying to do a challenging kitchen layout. I will...
Crawl Space Junction Boxes: inspection and capping
Hello. I'm in the process of crawl space improvement....
Multiple Fluorescent Ballasts in one light fixture
Hello GardenWeb. I'm not new here, but couldn't log...
Motion sensor that doesn't click
I have a motion sensor very much like the picture attached...
Need help with a rocker switch
I need to replace it in our SunHeat radiant room heater....
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™