Outside lamp post needs new socket


Old 10-26-00, 06:47 PM
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I have a lamp post where i thought I could make work by replacing the socket. When this did not work I took the whole top off the post and discovered a bare solid copper wire not attached to anything. Where does it go?
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Old 10-26-00, 09:11 PM
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hello billd,
the bare copper wire u found is a ground. the ground attaches to the metal of the lamp/post.
Old 10-26-00, 10:07 PM
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Common problems you might want to check to repair your post light. Check to see if you have a little round device mounted in the post. This would be a photo cell. It may have failed. Check to see if the light switch inside the house that controls that light is off or bad. Check to see if you have a GFI control kicked in the garage, basement, or panel. Check to make sure you don't have a breaker kicked. Check to see if you have a junction box outside that has leaked and rusted the connections.

Last, take a long wire and check with a continuity tester as the power is off and see if you have a broken wire under ground.

Hope this helps.


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