If your porch has an 'under', I bet you have breakers and/or fuse panels in
more than one place. Did you shut off the main disconnect, or just flip all
the little breakers? If the main disconnect is outside by the meter, you
likely have a branch or subpanel tucked away somewhere, likely near the
furnace or water heater, if that is electric. If this outlet is truly under
the porch, what on earth was it used for? Is or was there a well head there?
Older and remodeled houses can have some strange and wonderful and scary
suprises when it comes to wiring.
I live in a single family 2br, 1 bath. House is about 23 yrs old. The
outside outlet is common in houses from what I've seen. I has the metal
hinged protective covers. I flipped all the small breakers, I thought that
is all there was. I can check for a main disconnect by the meter but the
house is very small, I don't think I could have missed another panel.
Thanks for the tips.
On Sun, 04 Jun 2006 00:58:51 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
I have learned never to use the word "must" where such things are
concerned. "Should" is better. "is usually" will do. You could also
replace the word "must" in your sentence with "would have to be an
idiot involved for there not to..".
The lines can be hooked directly to the power side of a set of lugs
instead of to a breaker. This is totally against all codes, but it
happens. Find wires from the power company to see where the first
panel (maybe only panel) is located (next to or backed up to the meter
usually). If you cut off the main breaker to all panels close to the
meter and the plug is still energized, it is either hooked directly to
power or coming from another source (This happens often in apartments.
They get wires crossed all the time from one apartment to another.) If
hooked directly to power, you will have to call that $200 electrician.
You must have this dangerous situation taken care of, since this can be
a real fire hazzard.
Neither "good" nor "safe" was on his list of desired qualities. Haven't we
all, at one time or another, ignored a potentially life-threatening
condition (like a wife)?
Still, he could buy a signal injector and trace the wiring with a detector.
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