Hi. First post here. I've gotten a lot of good information in the past but finally found a need to register.
I have a gunite pool which is a little over 5 years old. I have had to replace just about everything that supports the pool and the Polaris pump is now shot, so that will just about round it all out. Yay me.
The pool builder is a complete jerk who will never set foot on my property again if I have my way. At least I've learned how to do this all myself, including installing a salt system this year and replacing the filter. The pump was last year and the light the year before that.
Anyway, I should've paid more attention to this before, but the pool pump, Polaris pump and (gas) heater are not bonded to the pool. To be honest, I didn't know there was a difference between bonding and grounding, and I knew everything was grounded, so I thought everything was okay. I decided to do some searching and find there is definitely a difference, so I want to make this right. If it matters, the light is on a GFCI circuit and it definitely works as the original light was leaking and kept tripping the breaker.
I'm pretty sure the pool and light niche is all done correctly. I remember it passing inspection and I think I have pictures somewhere of the rebar being wired together. There is also a #8 copper wire that comes out of the pool and is attached to a copper rod.
If what I'm reading (here and on the mikeholt site) is correct, I should be able to run a #8 or larger wire from the equipment over to the wire that comes out of the pool and connect everything together. First off, is that correct?
If so, can I lay bare wire in the ground or does it need to be in a conduit? It's quite a run, upwards of 100 feet, from the equipment to the wire from the pool. Does that make a difference in any way?