Hi all (especially bk, Bama, and anyone else who is electricity-smart),
I have a patio outlet that hasn't worked since I moved into the house. I also had one GFCI breaker that was left off because it would always trip. Well duh, I figured there was a short somewhere between the panel and the outlet.
While expanding some planter beds in the yard last week, I found a buried splice that was sloppily wrapped, not even in electrical tape, but pipe wrap
Unsurprisingly, it was sopping wet inside when I took it apart. From the panel to that disconnected splice I get 130 volts - perfect! The tripping breaker stays on. At this point I thought I had it figured out. Fix that connection and party on, dude!
After cleaning and drying the wires, I reconnected them and tested voltage at the outlet. The breaker didn't trip, but...26 volts
So, I guess I have 2 questions:
- how can I get 26 volts? I assume that means some huge resistance loss in the 40 feet between the splice and the outlet?? Or, could the problem be with the connections, since all I could do was re-twist the wires back together? I can expose probably 25 feet on that side before it goes under decking and pavers.
- what is the correct way to connect two direct-burial wires? Is it even allowed? Something tells me it wasn't done properly before