Story: purchased a home built in 1980. One of the exterior outlets was missing. As in, just exposed wiring (ground, white, black). I installed a new receptacle but it doesn't work. Theres an interior outlet nearby but not exactly opposite of the problem exterior outlet. I checked out the interior outlet and it has two sets of wiring thats daisy chained but It seems to be chained to an adjacent interior outlet. (Tested by unhooking the black wire and an adjacent interior outlet stopped working). Anybody have any idea what the problem could be? I don’t know how exterior outlets are wired(straight to circuit breaker?). If anybody has any insight, I would be grateful! Thank you for your time!
The fact of the wires being left in the box but not capped is practically proof that they are not hooked up to anything on the other end.
The reason is, no sane person would energize wires that are just tucked into a box without capping. In fact I believe energizing a set of wires to nothing is a code violation, even if they are capped. Which they are not.
So it'll be a bit of a bug hunt to find the other end of this cable.
In 1980, a single GFCI was commonly used for all bathroom outlets as well as exterior outlets. In other words, you probably have only one GFCI for the house. If this is the case and the bathroom outlets are live, then the wires feeding your exterior outlet are probably disconnected. Start looking in the outlet boxes in your bathrooms for disconnected wires.