Outside Lights Stopped Working after a Rain Storm
Patty in California asks: Power runs from the house to an exterior driveway gate where we have two photocell lights on top of rock columns. After heavy rains our outside lights stopped working and a GFCI outlet tripped off.
Problem with Lights and a GFCI Outlet
Electrical Question: After heavy rains our outside lights stopped working and a GFCI outlet tripped off.
I am a housewife and know nothing about electrical so I hope this makes sense. Power runs from the house to an exterior driveway gate where we have two photocell lights on top of rock columns. During recent heavy rains, both lights quit working. The GFCI outlet located near the bottom of one of the rock columns was tripped and couldn’t be reset so my husband replaced it. We know there is power to the location, however after he installed the new GFCI it has no power and the buttons can’t be reset. He said everything is dry, no water, etc.
This electrical wiring question came from Patty, a Homeowner in Arcata, California.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Patty.
How to Fix a Problem with a GFCI Outlet
Application: Electrical Problem a GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the GFCI Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the GFCI Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Arcata, California. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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