Friday, April 5, 2013

How to Replace Pool Electrical Siphon Box Cover

Fig.1 No
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Drilling hex head screw
Electrical plate with rubber gasket
Hex head screwdriver

I was called by a client in Santa Clarita, California.  They were selling their homes and moving up to Colorado. After the Realtor checked their beautiful home, she requested a huge repair list of repairs. Jim wanted his pool safe, one of the problem found by the inspector was that the anti-Siphon box was missing its exterior plate. Anyone can replace an electrical plate, but what do you do if the outdoor box is damaged and you need that plate cover before the next inspection. This post answers that problem.

This post show the five steps to replacing an exterior electrical plate.

Note: An outdoor box protect wiring from the elements with gaskets, sealed seams, and in some cases watertight/waterproof cover.  

Step 1: Above fig.1 shows that the electrical cover is missing and wires were exposed. Upon inspection the box was damaged but repairable. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the electrical wire nut were safe and did not have to be replaced because of the outdoor elements. Each and every wire was safe within the box.
Fig.2 Wires not safe
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the rubber gasket that is being installed. Some boxes covers come with foam gasket and that may be fine, but to do the job well a rubber gasket is the best protection. This gasket will keep the water out of the box and keep everyone safe.
Fig.3 Gasket
Step 4: Normally the box has two metal screws that are used to tightened the box cover over the rubber gasket. The top metal screw worked fine but the bottom had not grip. Fig.4 shows a self drilling hex head screw that filled the pre-drilled hole within the electrical box.
Fig.4 Drilling hex head screw

Step 5: Fig.5 shows the electrical box is safe and the cover is tight against the electrical box. Now everyone is safe from a potential water spray from the pool.
Fig.5 Fixed

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