Originally Posted By: psabados
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I couldn't stand it, so I enlarged the photo 4X. Very grainy. Can not confirm looking through the plastic weather resistant shield that the receptacle is a GFCI unit. Looking further at the romex lead, it appears that only the white and the black wires have been connected using yellow wire nuts, the ground wire is not visible. As for the romex, the photo can not confirm that it is attached at the receptacle, as far as we know it could be a separate circuit ran from the interior, through the box and ending outside of the box.
Most likely the lead leaving the box, through the knockout hasn't been sealed off allowing moisture and insects access to the interior area. Now if this is the case, the chance of the GFCI tripping mechanism, if one is present, most likely does not work. If it does, in the very near future, it will rust and fail. Furthermore, the picture does not confirm that the romex is buried, it could be running across the yard somewhere, maybe to a pond or fountain.
Now, if that romex cable is attached to another receptacle down stream, with no ground wire attached, even a properly functioning unit will not trip, if shorted at that point.
TOO, many items could be pointed out, not enough information can be gleamed from this photo. Would the person that took this photo please provide a little more info and details please. Small pics and low res. make it difficult.
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