I have decided to add an approx. 8,000 gallon inground pool to a porch that we began to build (but have not finished yet). My husband did all the electrical work on the porch (which is at "rough in" state now) and he is telling me that he needs to know how to plan the rough in and finish of the pool before he closes the walls of the porch. He doesn't know anything about pools and told me to find out what he needs to do. I am confused and this is stopping my pool planning.
One pool contractor told me I should run a "60 amp sub-panel" to the location of the pool pump and that would be enough. My husband says he has already run spare 15, 20 and 30A "branches" from the main panel and can provide 110 or 220V where it is needed. He thinks a 60A subpanel must be overkill?
An electrician friend of mine told me the unique thing about pool electrical was "bonding", but then he said that was usually done by someone else? Not the electrician. A friend who does pool decks agreed that he has done the "bonding" himself before he covers it with a pool deck and that it inspected before the electrician gets there?
I want the following:
Pool filter/pump solar system
Water feature w/accent light
Bubbler w/accent light
Pool light (LED)
I want to be able to control the water features and accent light with separate switches and have the switches/controls inside the porch and not outside by the filter/pump. It is OK for the filter/pump timers and controls to be at the pump.
What needs to be roughed in? What kind of wires and where? What else can I tell my husband to do? He does not have the time to learn about this but he is against the idea of letting me hire an electrician to do things he knows how to do (eg pull wires and trim out).