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Old 03-29-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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How to Fix Cut Outdoor 120V Wire?


I'm helping a friend who has just cut a wire in his yard. It seems to have powered a lamp post once upon a time, but that is now gone. The cut is right near the foundation.

My question is twofold. Can I just cap this off and leave the abandoned wire where it is, lost under the yard? Can I place the supply in a direct burial type junction box to properly terminate the wire?

If the answer to both questions is yes, how does one seal a junction box where the wire enters?
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Is the wire still live ?



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The wire is live when I turn the breaker back on.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:39 PM   #4
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Live wires must be terminated in a junction box
No way to pull the wire bqck into the house ?
If not I'd find where it comes from inside & cut it there
Maybe put an outlet inside



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I'm afraid I cannot pull it back in. It's behind some very nice looking plaster that isn't coming down for this little mistake. If it's cool to terminate it in a direct burial junction box, can you tell me how to seal the point in the box where the romex enters? Surely a standard indoors clamp won't due, will it?
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1. Is that the only thing on that breaker?

2. How much wire is remaining exposed?
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It is not the only line on the breaker.

There are 2 or 3 feet remaining.
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Sleeve the wire with pvc into a weatherproof box attached to the wall. Install a GFCI with an in-use cover or wire nut the wire ends and install a blank cover.
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there's more comming off the breaker? or there are more devices on the loop than just that wire? if there's more devices then you'd have to either do what brric says or find the device it's fed from open it up and disconnect it there. chop the wires back short so it can't be reconnected again.
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Yeah - with 2-3' left I'd install an outside box rather then bury this in a box



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Thanks folks. Your advice is appreciated.
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