The problem isn't a short in the line. Actually, the lamp is working
perfectly well, although it is laying on the ground. The problem is
that the lamp post, in King James English, is "rent in twain." The
problem with digging up the stub is that it is two feet down and
surrounded by an unknown quantity of concrete, which may, if people
weren't careful, have a wire cable buried in it. I am not sure I can
get it up by myself, although odd visions of pulleys and automobiles
are dancing in my head. I've called a couple of electricians and been
told that they don't do things like this. Somebody must, but I'm not
===========================I am forever grateful to the nice electrical supply guy who cautioned
me when I first bought my post DONT CEMENT IT IN!
It doesnt need to be! doesnt really add much stability, poles arent
supposed to be hung from
A cheap fast fix is build a wooden frame around the post, stand and tie
post upright, then add concrete.
You will end up with a post on a little pedastal. yeah its cheesey but
now lets assume you dig up the concrete and acciudently cut the wire:(
POWER BREAKER OFF BEFORE BEGINNING WORK!
You might relocate the pole a little closer to the house shortening the
or use a special underground wire splice and add a length of
underground wire to the pole. these are preetty new and can be directly
when your done DONT cement it in, just backfill and tamp dirt with your
That way the next time its no big deal.
in the 20+ years I have been thru 2 poles, the first got smacked by a
unknown car and being already rusty snapped off at the ground. some
kids pushed over pole 2, no biggie I dug it up carefully and reset it.
they did it all thru the neighborhood
if these had been cemented in I may have had to replace that long cable
Incidently my mailbox pole is a I beam, I didnt cement it in either,
which made things easier when the sewer company dug it up replacing the
main sewer line on the street.
Don't go looking for things that aren't broken, to break and then fix
- posted on January 19, 2006, 9:41 pm
Thank you very much! Wires are now in nuts, electrical taped, etc. A
handyman seems to be just the ticket and will be coming out soon. With
it taped up and the switch off, I feel comfortable turning the breaker
back on and restoring lights in my house.
I hadn't thought about options that didn't involve pulling up the
concrete base. Thanks for these tips, as well as the question mark
over setting the post in concrete.
- posted on January 20, 2006, 12:10 am
The circuit to an outside lamp should have been fed by a GFCI. The
circuit feeding your bedroom and living room lights would not be. get
the electrician to trace the circuit and split it into two circuits.
Or tie the OD light into an existing GFCI(ground fault circuit
interruptor). I have an electronic circuit tracer that puts a radio
signal into the wires so the wires can be traced, even underground if
not too deep. A good electrician should have one too.