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How To Control Outside Electrical Outlets

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring for Outside GFCI Outlets – the most practical solution would be to install X-10 outlets that could be controlled by a hand held remote or a X-10 switch.

Solutions for Controlling Outside Outlets

Electrical Question: I do not have access to the basement of the house where the circuit breaker is, so shutting of the power is not an potion.

This electrical question came from: Enrico, a Handy-woman from Philadelphia PA

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Enrico.

Wiring for Outside GFCI Outlets
Enrico, there would need to be access to the panel so the circuit for these outlets could be identified and shut off, and then the wiring could be temporarily disconnected from the outlet to discourage the use of them, however keep in mind that these outside outlets are required by code. The landlord could have a switch installed that would control the power to these outlets, however the most practical solution would be to  install X-10 outlets that could be controlled by a hand held remote or a X-10 switch. If X-10 outlets are used the a GFI circuit breaker would need to be installed to provide the required GFCI protection for these outside outlets.

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