I have a 240v outlet in my front yard that is rarely used. It is a pain to mow around and I have never had a need of it (installed by previous owners to power a refrigerated truck). I do not want to remove it altogether as It could be useful in the future.

Does anyone know of a solution to place the outlet below ground, maybe in a dry box that could easily be opened and connected to when needed?

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    There's probably no box available that can be "easily" opened, unless your definition of "easily" is removing a few screws. You'll want to search for a "handhole" or "underground pull box"
    – Tester101
    May 22 '14 at 11:56
  • I would think that something along the lines of those water main boxes but completely enclosed and waterproof. Condensation can be delt with by installing a switch or convenient breaker in the house. May 27 '14 at 5:07

You should start by installing a lockout on the breaker that feeds this: so you can turn it off completely. Then you've got your choice of trying to install a vault to hold the device (with attendant moisture problems), or simply disconnecting the outlet, capping the wires and throwing dirt over. Leave some bright colored tape above it, and a note in the breaker box, to aid in a future treasure hunt.

  • I found a 6 in square outdoor electrical box at my local hardware store. I removed the outlet and capped the wired, ran them through a knockout in the box and loaded it up with silicone. Sealed the box and left it exposed and ground level so it's easily visible where it's located.
    – Preston S
    Dec 1 '16 at 18:02
  • @PrestonS I still recommend you "lock out" that particular breaker... until it is needed again. No telling when moisture will get into your box.
    – Bryce
    Dec 31 '16 at 6:18

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