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    timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    We just had our 24' AGP installed this week and we are in the process of filling it up. I was wondering about the pump. Should I just plug and unplug it when we want to use it? Should I find some sort of outdoor timer and use it that way? Or should I consider installing a switch and hardwiring it?

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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I recommend you purchase a timer for use on pools - that way you can set the run time for whenever you like and you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn the pump on/off. On the other hand, if it's a 2 speed pump you can just let it run on low 24/7.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I don't recommend the plug/unplug method. That's really rough on the plug blades and receptacle. The arcing will burn them up. A timer is your best bet. It saves you having to remember to go out and turn it on and more importantly to turn it off.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I thought that a timer was the best way, but wanted to make sure. I think I will install an underground line and mount a recp. box on a deck post and run all needed stuff from there.

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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Is this 120V I assume?
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Yep, get you a timer. A simple Intermatic mechanical timer should do the trick.

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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Are you guys all mounting your timers outside near the pool? If so are you just wiring your pump plug directly to them? Trying to figure out how to wire my AGP pump into a timer.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I just use a simple 15A wall timer that's protected from the elements. Works great for mine, my pump doesn't pull more than 15A. You can also get 20A versions for heavier duty stuff. They are like $20 I think.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    A timer with a freeze-guard. (In case you're in part of the country where it does get cold)
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Good point Sammm.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I would suggest putting in a timer AND a switch wired ahead of the timer.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolidiot
    I would suggest putting in a timer AND a switch wired ahead of the timer.
    Since you have to have a dedicated circuit and line for the pump...you can have the electrician wire the timer right off of your circuit box in the basement or where ever that is...This way it is out of the way and you can control it from inside the house. It might just be easier...You could also look at a timer with multiple settings...run in early morning shut off in the later part of the day...then back on over night what ever you need.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Quote Originally Posted by beartoothweb
    I just use a simple 15A wall timer that's protected from the elements. Works great for mine, my pump doesn't pull more than 15A. You can also get 20A versions for heavier duty stuff. They are like $20 I think.
    Please tell me where to get a 20a timer for $20?
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubbybeave08
    Quote Originally Posted by Poolidiot
    I would suggest putting in a timer AND a switch wired ahead of the timer.
    you can have the electrician wire the timer right off of your circuit box in the basement or where ever that is...This way it is out of the way and you can control it from inside the house.
    I was not recommending the switch ahead of the timer for turning it off and on, It is there as a disconnect for any time you have to work on the timer /circuit.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolidiot
    Quote Originally Posted by cubbybeave08
    Quote Originally Posted by Poolidiot
    I would suggest putting in a timer AND a switch wired ahead of the timer.
    you can have the electrician wire the timer right off of your circuit box in the basement or where ever that is...This way it is out of the way and you can control it from inside the house.
    I was not recommending the switch ahead of the timer for turning it off and on, It is there as a disconnect for any time you have to work on the timer /circuit.
    I don't think I was replying directly to your suggestion...I think I just hit quote instead of just reply. I was saying putting the timer in side might be a good idea...If I had it to do over again...I would do this...because on mornings like today It would have been nice to go down and reset the timer from the basement instead of having to reset it by walking outside when it was 41 degree's.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    In preparation for having my 16x32 AGP installed on May 10th (God willing) I had the electrician run a line from my breaker box(dedicated breaker) to the rear of my house. Had a Tork time switch wired before the dual plug. Think the timer was around 85.00 or so. Has metal set screws, not plastic.
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    Re: timer for pump or just manually plug/unplug?

    I personally installed a heavy duty relay (PCS UPB), so I can control it from inside the house. Relay is installed inside the house, so it's easy to access it.

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