Outlet Box Hookup


Old 10-16-16, 10:59 AM
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Outlet Box Hookup

Three wires are extending from the conduit that runs through the house to an outside outlet box...one RED (that was previously connected to a well pump), one BLACK, and one WHITE. There's no GREEN (ground) wire.

The black & white wires ran from this box (specifically for the well pump) to a second outlet box that contained two outlets for general purposes (extension cords, timer box, etc).

I purchased a single outside weather resistant box to replace both previous boxes. I capped the RED wire and connected the white to a neutral terminal on the replaced outlet switch and the BLACK wire to the HOT terminal, thinking this would make the box functional. However, when I turned the power back on, it tripped the circuit breaker and the power went out.

What am I doing wrong?
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Old 10-16-16, 11:12 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

We don't know exactly the functions of the wiring. Can we assume that the well pump was not 240v ?
The conduit is the ground in your application.

From what you are saying.... you are connecting two wires to two different terminals on a receptacle. That in itself should not create any type of short.

Did you put the black and white on the same terminal ?
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