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Old 08-13-2007, 07:53 PM   #1
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I would like to eliminate an outdoor receptacle which is mounted on a pole near a pond in our backyard. I would like to keep the service there in case it is needed in the future. What is the best way to terminate the wires?

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Do you know where the line for that recep comes into the house?

If so, you should be able to just cap it with wire niuts and leave the wire in place for the run in case you want to use it again later.

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Thanks. I don't know where it comes in. What would you suggest?
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i don't think that is a good idea...it will work, but it is still a loaded gun.
you need to locate the source, and terminate it at the source.....there are a million possibilities.probably the most direct route from an inside outlet feeds this...call an experienced electrician for this one, if you can't locate..
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Just plug a drop light into the receptacle and start flipping breakers until you find the one that turns it off. It may be sourced from the panel, then again it may be daisychained from another receptacle. In either case you have some path to trace it. As Tony mentioned it is not safe to leave an unconnected live wire in place.
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If you are leaving it there how about just putting a locking cover on and leaving it as is.

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