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    Default Power in the yard

    Has anyone come up with a flush/floor mounted power solution in the yard? I did some googling but only found things that were in the $200-$1000 commercial range. Would love to mount power flush (or close to flush) with the ground so don't have to worry about the lawn mower hitting it. Has anyone done or seen anything like this?

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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    120V line voltage or something lower like 12V or 5V? Can't give you advice on a 120V solution other than be careful with anything that can fill with water, but for low voltage, in ground sprinkler valve enclosures are flush mounted and can contain low voltage and data.

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    I was thinking 120V, but now you've given me something to think about. I suppose I could put the 12V power supplies somewhere protected above ground and just run the lines to sprinkler boxes. Thoughts in what you would put in there to be plugged into?

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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    For 120v, do you have any trees or shrubs that you could locate a box next to or adjacent to?

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    Yeah, just put in one if these, neighbor uses it to hide an outlet box in the front if his yard

    NDS Inch, Black/Green 107BC Standard Series Round Valve Box Overlapping Cover-ICV, 6-Inc, 6'' B/G, Black & Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HE9YZG..._o0ybEb71C7707

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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    I typically see boxes mounted at tree bases in a upright position with a spring flap that opens up (not sideways or down) to act as a rain diverter by covering the plug like an umbrella. Never seen one mounted in ground like you want. I like the idea above with the sprinkler box if you have good drainage. Filling with water is the biggest issue with in ground electrical and could get expensive very quick.


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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    For 120v, do you have any trees or shrubs that you could locate a box next to or adjacent to?
    I do have a tree near one spot.

    Yeah, just put in one if these, neighbor uses it to hide an outlet box in the front if his yard

    NDS Inch, Black/Green 107BC Standard Series Round Valve Box Overlapping Cover-ICV, 6-Inc, 6'' B/G, Black & Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HE9YZG..._o0ybEb71C7707
    I suppose with the sprinker box you could still mount it upright in the hole and in an outside box inside there....

    Never seen one mounted in ground like you want.
    This is the ground one I found, but they are $231 a pop.

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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    You could probably achieve something similar by using liquid tight flexible plastic conduit run to a box mounted to the bottom of a sprinkler box lid. Position it upside down like the manufactured assembly and use a plastic weather tight receptacle enclosure so the whole thing is waterproof. Cut a slot in the lid to pass the cords through and it should be a nice useable solution. The LiquidTight would allow for flexibility then opening the lid to plug in cords.


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    Default Re: Power in the yard

    Quote Originally Posted by pjones View Post
    You could probably achieve something similar by using liquid tight flexible plastic conduit run to a box mounted to the bottom of a sprinkler box lid. Position it upside down like the manufactured assembly and use a plastic weather tight receptacle enclosure so the whole thing is waterproof. Cut a slot in the lid to pass the cords through and it should be a nice useable solution. The LiquidTight would allow for flexibility then opening the lid to plug in cords.


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    That sounds workable. Something to experiment with. Thanks!

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