A outdoor fountain adds beauty and style to any landscape, but it takes an electric pump to circulate the water. Hide unsightly pump wires by installing the electricity source as near to the outside fountain pump as potential and burying the wires underground. Landscaping service San Diego fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are required by code to be installed where there is water and in moist places. You can set up the GFCI circuit yourself whether you have electrical wiring encounter, but assess your town building codes to make sure a certified electrician isn’t required for the setup.
Speak to a utility locator service to mark the location of underground utility lines. Run a string line along the Landscaping design Salt Lake City, UT from the outside fountain to the home electrical panel box location, avoiding the marks for utility lines, and spray along the string using an aerosol paint marker.
Dig a 20-inch deep trench with hand digging tools, removing any large rocks to prevent conduit damage. Spread a 1-inch layer of masonry sand along the length of the trench. Drill a 1 1/4-inch hole through the side of the home or house foundation with a 1 1/4-inch drill bit and power drill to permit the wire to be routed via the conduit pull box to the house’s electrical panel box.
Put the 1-inch conduit along the trench route. Assess the conduit from elbow fitting hub to fitting hub using a tape measure and cut it with a hacksaw in which you want to install fittings to track around curves and bends.
Tie a hefty 1/2-inch diameter metal nut to the end of the electric wire pull string. Feed the electric wire through the conduit and fittings, using the weight of the nut to help pull it through. The fittings should be set in position at this time, but not on the conduit. This enables you to feed the wire pull string through individual fittings and shorter lengths of conduit.
Tie the rope to the GFCI receptacle box to protect against the wire pull string from slipping back into the conduit. Unscrew the conduit pull box cover retaining screws using a screwdriver; lift the conduit pull box cover from the conduit pull box. Bend the opposite end of the electric wire pull rope across the conduit pull box temporarily while gluing the conduit pipe and fittings together.
Clean out the conduit pipe ends and inside conduit fitting hubs using PVC primer cleaner. Apply a coat of PVC glue to the electric conduit pipe ends and inside conduit fitting hubs. Push the electric conduit pipe ends to the conduit fitting finishes; bend the conduit pipe marginally and hold the pipe and fitting together for around 15 seconds to permit the PVC glue to set up.
Tape the electric wire to the electric wire pull string tightly with electrical tape at the GFCI receptacle box close to the conduit. Wrap the electric wire and pull rope tightly many times using electric tape.
Roll the electric wire out straight along the Landscaping front yard Salt Lake City to let you pull it through the conduit with minimum difficulty. Pull the electric wire pull string from the conduit, which pulls the wire through the conduit and out of the conduit pull box.
Pull enough electric wire out of the conduit pull box to achieve about 5 feet past the electric panel box. Feed the electric wire back in the conduit pull box and via the conduit pipe leading to your home. Place the conduit pull box cap to position and tighten retaining screws using a screwdriver.
Cut the electric wire about 6 to 8 inches from the GFCI receptacle box using wire cutters. Strip the sheathing from the electric cable using a utility knife to get the three wires. Pull the paper coating back from the bare copper Landscaping backyard Bakersfield wire and cut the paper using a utility knife. Strip around 3/4 to 1 inch of their sheathing from the black and white wire ends with electric wire strippers.
Bend the dark, white and bare copper wire ends to a hook shape using needle-nosed pliers. Hook the black electric wire end around the black or brass GFCI receptacle screw situated on the face of the GFCI receptacle. Hook the white electric wire end around the silver GFCI receptacle screw situated on the opposite side of the GFCI receptacle. Hook the bare copper wire (Landscaping design Wilmington) across the GFCI green screw located on the base of the GFCI receptacle. Tighten the three screws using a flathead screwdriver to hold the wires in place.
Push the wires into the GFCI receptacle box by hand. Push the GFCI receptacle to the receptacle box and tighten the screws using a flathead screwdriver. Establish the weatherproof cover to position above the GFCI receptacle and tighten the screws using a flathead screwdriver.
Switch off the house’s main electrical breaker at the top of the panel box. Turn off the remaining electric breakers to avoid an electric explosion when turning on the key breakers. Unscrew the electric panel box cover retaining screws using a flathead screwdriver.
Eliminate a knockout plug from the face of the electric panel box closest to your electric wire to be installed. Attach a cable clamp to the electric panel box knockout plug in hole. Push the electric wire via the cable clamp. Tighten the cable clamp wire retaining screws using a flathead screwdriver. Strip the sheathing from the electric cable using a utility knife to inside 1/2 inch of the cable clamp.
Strip 1/2 inch of sheathing from the white and black wire ends with wire strippers. Route the bare copper Landscaping design Long Beach wire across the interior of the electric panel box from the electric bus bars; thrust the bare copper wire end into a empty screw terminal on the Landscaping design Salt Lake City bus bar. Tighten the Landscaping design Fort Lauderdale bus bar wire retaining screw using a flathead screwdriver. The Landscaping design Flagstaff bus bar is usually situated on the side underside of the electric panel box.
Route the white wire around the interior of the electric panel box from the electric bus bars; thrust the copper end into a empty screw terminal on the neutral or Landscaping design San Diego bus bar. Tighten the wire retaining screw using a flathead screwdriver.
Find a empty breaker slot in the electric panel; strip 1/2 inch of sheathing from the black wire end. Push the black wire copper end under the circuit breaker set screw and tighten the set screw using a flathead screwdriver. Slide the circuit breaker tab to place onto the hot bus bar. Push the rims circuit down to lock the circuit breaker in to position.
Reinstall the electric panel box cap. Turn on the key electrical breaker and each of the remaining circuit breakers one at a time to avoid an electric surge. Push the test button located on the front of the GFCI receptacle to test it for electricity. The green light on the receptacle must turn on and the reset button should pop out. Backfill the trench to cover the conduit when you have verified the GFCI receptacle works properly.