I have an outside electrical box that I need to move about 10 feet further
I used direct burial cable when installing this box. I can't seem to find
cable stretchers anymore. : ) Anyhoo, how do I make a connection that will
be underground that will not corrode the wires?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I would use a buried outdoor box to make the splice in, and I would use the
waterproof, silicon-filled wire nuts. I would then seal the box lid and the
cables entering and leaving the box with more clear silicon.
Silicon? That's purty difficult to work with stuff. How do you get
it to flow? Oxy-Acetylene torch? How do you get it to bond to PVC
boxes without turning the whole thing into a bonfire?
Oh, _silicone_ ;-)
No, seriously. Electrical code doesn't like underground splices. However,
sometimes you can do it. Go to the nearest _real_ electrical supplier
(not hardware store or Home Depot) and ask them how to do buried splices.
It's not _that_ expensive to use the right stuff.
Burying generic "outdoor boxes" and screwing around with silicone caulk
is a recipe for disaster.
Indeed, underground splicing without checking codes and permits isn't
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
Ideally, if you can do it, just leave the existing outlet, run another
piece of UF cable out that box and to your new one. Or remove the
present outlet, but keep the box and make your connection in there
(above ground). If you MUST splice underground, they make a special
connector kit. This is probably not approved, but I did it once when
I had to fix a underground wire that some idiot who was working for
me, cut with a rototiller. I stripped, twisted each wire together,
soldered them, taped each wire, then taped the whole bunch. Before I
made the splice, I slipped an 8" piece of auto heater hose over the
wire. After splicing, I slid this piece over the splice, and pumped
it full of 100% pure silicone caulk. I never had a problem with it
for the next 2 years before I moved.
On 05 May 2004 13:22:55 EDT, "Herman Munster"
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