Faulty outdoor socket

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by Jay459, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Jay459

    Jay459 Member

    Ive got two outdoor sockets. One has stopped working, the one i use the most.

    I tested it with a volt meter and it seemed ok so replaced socket as i had a spare, didnt work. Tested with multimeter and its only reading 180v. I have a junction box buried beneath the paving. Will be hard to get at but not impossible.

    I presume its just a bad connection at the junction box as the other oudoor socket is fine which is the one that the armour cable goes directly to from the garage consumer unit
  2. Rulland

    Rulland Screwfix Select

    I think you've probably answered your own question here, junction box buried, recipe for problems unfortunately.
  3. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    What type of cable is it under the paving?
  4. Jay459

    Jay459 Member

    SWA to JB, tuff cable to socket.

    I used alot of that electrical putty on the junction and some on the socket box. When i removed faceplate the putty was gooey, i thought this stuff went hard, no??
  5. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    The electrical putty is similar to MICC sealing compound and Plasticine. It will not harden. Underground junctions should be resin filled and have crimped connections. Sorry, you are going to have to dig.

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