Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Freestanding Outdoor Power Outlet?

Posted by jaxo (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 24, 13 at 2:17

I would like to have an electric outlet installed on the fence side of the patio.
I'm having a new flagstone patio installed and the contractor is building a conduit to run the electrical and a water line from the house side to the fence side so that a small water feature fountain tower or overflowing pot fountain and lighting for it can be installed near the fence. There needs to be a way to power the pump and lighting for the water feature. There are already existing low voltage LED garden lights om that area but I assume the pump cannot tap into the line the powers those lights and I need to be able to control the fountain separately so I can use the water feature both day and night whether or not the garden lights are on.
The contractor has the idea of mounting the new outlet onto the wood fence. I don't like that idea and I would rather that it not be mounted on the fence, but instead stick straight out of the ground on a pole freestanding like a mini tree,
I think mounting an electrical outlet on the fence would complicate future fence repairs and I don't want any mounting hardware bolted through the fence that would show on the other side of the fence.
The area will be fully exposed to weather and rain as there is not any kind of roof over that area.
Is this possible? I was trying to do a search for freestanding power outlets and cannot even find a photo of one online.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Freestanding Outdoor Power Outlet?

If it is on a post it is not free standing anymore. This is from Amazon.

Here is a link that might be useful: post outlet


 o
RE: Freestanding Outdoor Power Outlet?

I have seen freestanding power outlets quite often in my old neighborhood and they were usually next to trees or shrubbery. The most common use was to plug in Christmas lights or accent lighting.

If you use outdoor electrical conduit and junction boxes you can keep out the rain. You would need to pour a small cement pad or use a short post to keep the box/conduit upright and above the normal grass level a few inches. Based on what you have described, a short section of upright 4x4 might work well for your purposes.

Bruce


 o
RE: Freestanding Outdoor Power Outlet?

On the one hand, even though I can't see your fence, I am with you on not wanting unsightly hardware on the fence complicating fence repair. The post in the post by Hendricus is a nice-looking unit.

On the other hand, you might find something attractive that can be attached to the fence too. If you find something to run the cable in attached to a fence post, that is one less thing to trim around. I think that you are overestimating the fence repair issue. If you need fence repair in the area of the outlet box, just cut the power and unhook it. You re-attach or replace when done with the fence.


 o
RE: Freestanding Outdoor Power Outlet?

The Arlington Garden Post is an excellent solution. I've used MANY of them.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here