I've never seen that type of silliness used on a pool and I've been involved with many that are well older than I am.But seriously, is it possible that code hadn’t been written in 1988 when the pool was built? It seems so strange to put a junction underground. Somebody did that on purpose all those years ago.
This was not disclosed to us when we bought the house in 2012. Now we will have to disclose it if we ever sell the place. The only real fix would involve demolition and excavation of the deck and yard because the wires aren’t long enough to erect a box at the proper level.
I know you're joking but the things are never serious until they become serious. I know two of the responders to this incident, one of which was off work for several months following the event due to the psychological trauma...It’s OK. I’ve had a good long life.
See that red word? So what if is WAS permitted back then? You are being told it is NOT safe and would NOT pass now AND your breaker it telling you it is not safe now. This is nothing to laugh about. It needs to be fixed and fixed properly. It might costs your a few bills but in the end it will be worth it to ensure your family and friends are safe in the pool.This was permitted!
I was about to suggest that.In the meantime, there's a really simple way to eliminate the risk: leave the breaker open and don't use the pool lights. We virtually never use them anyway because we only swim in the daytime.
Note that should your plug leak pool water into the box the other wires will be in contact with the pool water. Is the autocover and outdoor lights on GFCI breakers? Even if they are I would pull the breakers on those circuits also.The other wires in that junction don't go to water; they power the auto-cover and some outdoor lights and are on a separate breaker.
I appreciate the advice and concern. Thanks for sticking with me through this unfortunate saga.