Split off of this topic for being mostly off topic. JasonLion
Be sure to go to a real electrical supply store and not a Home Depot or Lowes. You will find #8 is less than half the cost per foot from an electrical supply. While I writing I might as well express my whole displeasure with the whole NEC pool bonding section and the requirements it imposes. The **** NEC code is based on studies done by students at Georgia Tech determining what they could "feel" or measure for potential in and around a pool. So much of it is entirely arbitrary, yet it became 'law' once published in NEC code. A number 12 wire would have been just as effective and much cheaper than a number 8, but now the building inspectors insist it must be #8 because it is in the code. The same goes with bonding of the pool ladder and such. Personally, my pool is vinyl and the metal rim never had to contact earth ground, except for the code requirement. My decking is PVC. If I didn't "bond" my pool metal and pool water, I could go swimming and let someone throw a corded blender in the pool and no harm would come to me because the entire pool would have no earth potential. Now that I'm bonded, I would feel a shock as it travels through the water to the pool ladder where the final bonding point is. Oh well.. rant over, can't fight the NEC code.