03:22PM | 04/12/04
Member Since: 04/11/04
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Lost my pool this winter due to snow load. Will replace pool with a larger one requiring the electrical service to be moved. Electrical is on its own 20 amp circuit and has a GFCI receptacle and only runs the pump. How deep to I bury the gray 12/2 with ground wire? It seemed to be only 6 inches deep. Does the new pool need a grounding rod? Old one didn't have a ground rod. How close/far from the pool wall should the electrical service be? Thanks, Ron

Tom O

01:57PM | 04/13/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
If the pool is a permanent pool, underground cable cannot be used to wire it.

However, if it is a storable pool, then the cable is OK

A storable pool is - Those that are contructed on or above the ground and are capable of holding water to a maximum depth of 42 inches, or a pool with nonmetallic, molded polymeric walls or inflatable fabric walls regardless of dimension.

What kind of pool do you have?



04:13AM | 04/14/04
Member Since: 04/11/04
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Hi Tom- The pool is a 24 foot round x 48 inches deep and snow willing, will be permanent. It is an aluminum structure. I'm confused as to your answer. The pool was installed and the electrical service to the old pool was buried and in accordance with code. I've checked with a local electrician and he said buried is Ok. Ron

Tom O

01:39PM | 04/14/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Your pool is either storable (see the definition included in my first reply) or it is permanent. If it is permanent, you cannot use UF cable. If it is storable you can.

Pools have very specific rules & most electricians don't have them memorized. Since most electricians (myself included) don't do many , if any, pool wiring installations, they can easily assume something is OK. Did your local electrician open a code book, or did he just say it was OK?


03:54PM | 04/14/04
Member Since: 04/11/04
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Hi Tom- I'll speak with my electrician again and ask him to check the NEC code and let you know. Thanks, Ron


04:22AM | 08/16/04
Member Since: 11/24/01
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I have done many pools and here is the rule. A 2o amp ground fauld circuit Breaker will be for the pump, and must be contained in conduit buried 18 inches underground and will go all the way back to your main Panel,or Sub Panel. No other circuits unless protected by a ground fault breaker will be in this same run. A seperate convenience outlet must be located no closer than 10 feet from pool wall and no father than 20 feet. A continuos # 8 bare bonding wire will be attached to every upright of the pool and all metal sections including ladder attached to the pool and continue though the pump and bonded at the metalic box of the receptacle. A. IN-Use weather receptacle cover will be used for the pump receptacle, You may also have to change the cord grip of the pump from a sheathed electrical cable conector to a liquitite cord grip. Towns are very strict on pool wiring.


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