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    Salt water generator and electricity

    I am wanting to install a salt water generator for my pool. I have a question about the electrical side of the generator. I have had to remove my pool light from my pool because of a back feed I am getting from the power company transformer. I can measure 6 volts from my ground rod by putting a probe in the ground and one on the ground rod. The only way this will go away is if I am completely disconnected from the pole.
    So my question is will the electrical current transfer to my pool?

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    Re: Salt water generator and electricity

    I am not certain but would think not since most generators require a transformer. This would more than likely be a better question for the manufacturer of the SWG that you intend to purchase.

    Was your pool light not properly bonded? I would imagine switching to a low voltage light would remedy the issue with the ground wiring.

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    Re: Salt water generator and electricity

    Your problem sounds a lot like a bad bonding issue. There is a posibility that you have a bad neutral connection somewhere in your system as well. Has the PoCo been out to verify the connections are good?
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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    Re: Salt water generator and electricity

    The power company engineer can out and side that the ohm on the power pole ground rod wasn't exactly where it should be reading. The only thing I was told is that was as good as they could get it.
    I was thinking of having my service power panel changed out (1972 service panel) and make sure it was wired with the ground and neutral on separate bars. The back feed is not only on my home but I have check a friend's home who also has a pool and they are about 8 miles away and he has the same problem.
    18' x 36' 27,000 gal in-ground pool w/vinyl liner.
    1-1/2 hp pool pump---3/4 hp booster pump and sand filter

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    Re: Salt water generator and electricity

    What do you mean by you are getting a back feed from the PoCo transformer? How was this determined?
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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    Re: Salt water generator and electricity

    When the engineer came out to check everything he had a service man to disconnect everything except the neutral. I still registered 6 volts with one probe in the ground and one on the ground. It went away when he took the neutral off to my house.
    18' x 36' 27,000 gal in-ground pool w/vinyl liner.
    1-1/2 hp pool pump---3/4 hp booster pump and sand filter

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