I have to move my swimming pool electrical outlet about 6'.....It is
underground 12/2 wire & thus I'll need to splice a short section into it.
(There is no danger of any mechanical disturbance of the area...just water &
rotting concerns.) I bought a short section of underground rated 12/2 wire &
a couple of crimp connectors & heat shrink tubing. How does that sound? (the
circuit runs from a GFI protected breaker in my elect box)
It sounds like a jury-rigged Code violation, and would be an accident waiting
to happen if not for the GFI. Might be anyway, even with the GFI.
There are connectors that are UL-listed and Code-approved for making
underground splices, and that's what you should be using. You shouldn't have
any trouble finding them in the electrical department at any major home center
or decent hardware store. And they're not all that expensive.
Without the proper connectors, sooner or later you'll get some water
infiltration into the splice, resulting in frequent trips of the GFI.
Eventually, it will get bad enough that you won't be able to reset the GFI. At
that point, you'll need to dig it up and re-do it. Much easier to do it right
the first time, no?
buy an underground splice kit they are not expensive and you will do it
I had to do this when the clowns putting in my sunroom nicked an underground
line causing me to lose part of one leg the nick was not enough to trip the
breaker rated at 70 amps but caused the light in my barn to act weird!
I wound up having to buy 2 kits since the nick was pretty long. as extra
protection I used a sleeve of black plastic irrigation pipe that I slipped
over the splice and then I sealed both ends with almost a whole tube of
The big box stores carry a waterproof splice kit just for this.
It included a splice block and special heat shrink tubing that has a
layer inside that melts into a gooey sealant that completely
encapsulates the splice when you shring the tubing.
Just ask for a UF splice kit...$10-15.
The proper thing to do is make the splice above ground in a weather-proof box,
somewhere along the existing line or it's existing location. Add a blank
cover or a "remote pool filter switch" and from there run a new line to the new
pool outlet location.
This is a safer idea, in my view. Is it too difficult or expensive to
just replace the whole wire? Jury rigging a connection without a proper
junction box sounds like a very amateur job. Your friends or the new owners
may not know, but every time you walk over it you will wonder. Better to do
the job right.
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