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Outdoor outlet electrical box, in the front garden, just above ground level. Contained a GFI outlet, which caught fire and burned. The box is stuck on the threaded pipe; any suggestions on how to remove it?

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When you had the fire how badly damaged was the wire ? If you are unable to remove the j-box from the threaded box connector you will have to do a few things. You will have to cut the pipe just before the connector to the box which is a problem if the wire is still good. I am not sure if you have rigid metal conduit or PVC plastic. If it is metal pipe sometimes you can cut it with a tubing cutter like plumbers use which is the best way so that you do not cut the wire in the process. If all of that makes sense and works you will then need a threadless rigid compression connector for that pipe size a new outdoor box with the right size hole for your connector, a new GFI outlet, and weatherproof cover. If it is PVC basically the same thing only plastic parts. Hopefully that is helpful if there are any more questions please feel free to ask.

Posted on May 21, 2011

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  • nornicotine May 26, 2011

    Parkeroc68,
    Thank you, that's very helpful... I was going to use my roto zip tool with a metal cutoff wheel to basically cut that box apart, in pieces to avoid damaging the pipe threads, but now I'm just going to zip it off at the pipe! Followup Q: The conduit is metal; the wires are damaged, I expect that I might have to pull a new set to this box, which fortunately is at the end of a run. Thx for the compression connector suggestion, I did not know these were available...just like a plumbing compression fitting, correct? Can you get these at Home Depot, etc?? I don't recall seeing them before..

  • Hugh Parker
    Hugh Parker May 26, 2011

    Yes Home Depot will have them in the section with rigid pipe fittings. Be prepared pulling wire through old underground pipe can be very difficult good luck and feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

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