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Old 08-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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12 volt landscape lighting help

My problem is with existing wire that was left by the last owner. It is a very long run to the front of the property, about 300 feet and under the driveway so i was really hopefully that I could use it. It is 10 gauge and 3 separate runs. I found all the wires on the other side of the driveway. However, when i hook them up to the transformer, nothing works. I have tried one by one and still no power, there is 12 volts at the transformer and at the entry point at the driveway. But nothing for all 3 on the other side. All the other existing wire works fine, it is not very old at all and looks in good shape. Is there something that i am overlooking? Or anyway to be able to tell for sure what is wrong. Any suggestions would be appreciated


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Old 08-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Either those wires you have found are NOT the correct wires !
Or the wires are damaged and / or burnt out !

Perhaps you should ask the previous owner,
they should be able to tell you whats what !
This would save you a lot of time !


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Thanks. They almost have to be the correct wires, it runs into the middle of a circular driveway and there is nothing else there. I am sure they could be burnt out as you said, i was surprised at least one didn't work. There is a junction box with a landscaping company name i found so maybe they may have done the work, worth it to try them for sure.
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Maybe do a continuity check of each run to verify the wires you find on one side of the driveway are the same wires you find on the other side.

Is it possible you have the runs crossed?

If they are the wires, and you get no power out, then they are probably no longer useable.

Kind of hackish, but maybe if you can get two good wires between the 3 cables, you could use those? Like I said - hackish.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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You could be missing a junction box... or the wires are in fact no good, or a million other reasons... you need to verify the conductors... plain and simple. nothing we can do here to help you.
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