Need Electrical Help, My outside outlets and coorp are not working !!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FrenchToast, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

    Jan 10, 2010
    UP North WI
    Any electricians out there???

    Here is the scoop.

    We had electric and water lines un underground to two different water hydrants so we could put heaters in our stock tanks.

    House being Point A: Electric and water run to Point B: Hydrant #1. This electric outlet works fine. Then the electric runs to Point C: Hyrdrant #2 this outlet is not working. Then the electric continues underground to the chicken coop Point D, for lights and outlets. Nothing is working in the coop.
    We changed the GFI on outlet Point C but that didn't do anything.

    There are two connections that we had not buried yet where electrical wires were joined. I think just between Points C & D. We haven't looked at those yet because there covered in snow (they haven't been buried yet) but my question is if there is a problem with those connections would that affect Point C where the second outlet is?


    Need to fix ASAP, I can't get ahold of the electician that original work.
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    How many GFI receptacles are on the circuit? Normally only the first one needs to be GFI because everything down the line is also protected by that GFI.

    Anyways, unplug everything. Then reset all of the GFI receptacles. If that restores your power, great, you probably had a bad appliance that was tripping the GFI. If it doesn't fix anything then it's time to start looking at the connections.
  3. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    The way you explain it to me, and I'm an industrial electrician, there has to be two separate circuits in your breaker panel for these runs. One of your unburied connections probably got wet and grounded out tripping the breaker. Check your panel for a breaker sitting between "on" and "off" in the tripped position. Flip it off and then back to on. If it trips again you will need to find the fault before trying to reset again.
  4. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    DH is a lineman and he's talking I'm typing
    First go to hardware store purchase a voltage detector (they are cheap) this is to make you don't get knocked on your butt.
    It sounds to us as though you have a break in the line between point B and C
    Next is it directly buried or encased in pipe?
    If its pipe you might be able to pull it through without having to dig it up

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