Capping outdoor wires?

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Old 05-19-08, 11:31 AM
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Capping outdoor wires?

I have a bunch of wires running through underground conduit to what used to be a timer for an above-ground pool pump. Looks like it's 220. I want to essentially bury the wires since it would be major work to rip it up back to the house. Can I just cap off the wires, make them watertight, and then bury them? I have the breaker for this circuit off and would not need or want to turn it back on. Thanks.
 
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Old 05-19-08, 12:38 PM
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In order to completely abandon the wires underground, you need to remove them entirely from the panelbox where they are connect to prevent any accidental energizing. You could disconnect from the breaker, pull them out of the box and coil them up in the ceiling or something to allow for future reuse.

Another option is to leave the wires in an accessible, watertight, above ground junction box and cap them off with wirenuts.

The final option would be to terminate the wires in a buried electrical box called a handhole which is buried, but has a door that opens up to the surface of the yard.
 
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