About five years ago, my father hired an electrician to run out
electricity to a shed in backyard so it could be used as a spare
bedroom. Unfortunately, the electrician did shoddy work and it is
affecting the electricity in the main house. What is happening is
every time the washing machine or hot water heater is being used, that
particular circuit these things are all on keeps jumping out to "off",
and I have to continually reset it from the box.
What the electrician did was convert an outside electrical outlet and
ran live wiring out from it all the way down to the shed where he then
installed outlets and etc. But I later found out that when the wire
leading out to the shed had been buried, the electrician didn't even
bother to glue the pvc pipes together, and when it rained, water seeped
into the buried pipes and deteriorated the wiring. I then started to
notice problems with the circuit jumping out. . Trying to undo the
damage, my father had to dig it up and drained the water out of the
pvc pipes, they were actually flooded, and then let everything dry out
and glued the pipes which housed the wiring back together as best as
possible before reburying it, but obviously the damage was done. The
circuit is still jumping out.
So, I have a question I'd like to ask. I was thinking about just
cutting off the outside wire to the shed (electricity isn't used in
the shed anymore, anyway), in hopes that eliminating this deteriorating
wire out to the shed would be the solution to the problem I'm having
with the the circuit jumping every time I use the hot water or washing
machine/dryer, but I'm looking for the best way to do it, as I don't
want to cause a further problem or possible fire. so I'd appreciate
some suggestions. As I mentioned before, the wire out to the shed was
run out from an outside electrical outlet, which the electrician then
rigged up so he could run the wire out to the shed. I was just
thinking about unscrewing the cover and then cutting the wires with a
cutter... But how should I best dead end it after cutting the wires?
I was thinking about just taping them up with the proper black tape
after cutting them, and then screwing the plastic cover back over it.
I think this would be safe enough, but would appreciate any suggestions
that would help.