Above Ground Pool Wiring Question
I have an above ground pool to wire. The 1 hp pump (12 amp max) and in-water light have direct plug-in wiring. I plan to use a dedicated 20 amp circuit. I have never installed a GFCI before. Do I hook the the wires from the panel to LINE and the wires from the pump and light to LOAD? Also, the pool is about 90'-100' away from the panel. Am I okay with 12 gauge or do I need 10 gauge?
Hi Tmork,Amazingly I just came in from wiring my above ground pool that is going to be inspected tomorrow.I tried to get help on the same kind of area and was told to contact an electrician or the building inspecter.Anyway I'm willing to give you some help.I'm not sure what you mean by direct plug-in wiring.I'm going to guess that you have a plug at the end of each device like I have.If this is so then your concern should be how to wire the GFI.You should be bringing three wires from your panel black,white,and green.At your GFI you hook your black to your brass terminal at the line location then you bring your white to the silver terminal at the line location then bring the green wire to the green screw at the top of the GFI.My only other concern would be if you are asking how to "hardwire" the devices. This is something you should not do around water.Hope this helps.
Sorry I forgot to answer your other question.I had nearly 100'aiso.I was told that #12 was O.K. but if you are unsure of what to use or what the load may be then #10 is O.K. I used #10.
Thanks Randy. I am going to run 10 gauge out there to a 20amp GFI and plug in the pump and light. My next question is, once I get a deck installed I will want to put a switch for the light at the other end of the pool. How can I wire that from the GFI outlet? Do I use a second outlet next to the GFI (connected from LOAD), plug the light there and then run a switch out?
tmork,See, this is what I mean by not receiving any help.All they do is throw more questions at you rather then help with your situation.So, here is how you bond and ground.First,drill a hole into your pool vertical support install a ground lug for #8 wire.Next,pound an 8'by 5/8" ground rod into the soil near your motor.Tip,place an acorn type ground clamp around the rod at the top before you start pounding.The rod needs to be buried until only 4" is exposed.Next, you will need to use #8 bare solid wire from the pool ground clamp to the ground rod clamp to the ground lug that is on the top of your pool motor.Here's your material list:5/8 by 8' ground rod, acorn type ground clamp,ground lug for #8 wire and 6'-8' of #8 bare solid wire or whatever length you may need. Good Luck.
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