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    using an extension cord with an electric robot?


    we don't have an outlet near the pool, does anyone use an extension cord with their pool cleaner?

    37x20, 28,300 gallon gunite, irregularly shaped, hayward 1.5 super pump, hayward 4820 DE filter, northeast geo

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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    I don't use one but it seems harmless enough just taking normal precautions so it doesn't fall in the water.
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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    I think that as long as it is a 3 prong outdoor extension cord and it isn't super duper freaky long, you should be ok.
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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    I think you'd be wise to tie the extension cord to a post somewhere so there's no way the plugged together ends can be pulled into the pool accidentally.
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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    Also make sure it is plugged into a GFCI protected outlet. This has been required for outdoor outlets for a number of years, but if your house is more than 10-15 years old you may not have them.

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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    I use one with my Hayward Tiger Shark. One thing I would add is make sure to use at least at 12 gauge cord. 10 Gauge would be better. The lower the gauge, the thicker the cord and the less voltage drop you will have. And get one that is only as long as you need it. The shorter the better. Again, less drop in power.

    I found the service manual for my robot on line. Many of the trouble shooting issues involve not enough voltage getting to the unit due to the use of a cheap, thin extension cord that wasn't supplying enough voltage.
    16 x 32 In-Ground vinyl, 21,000 Gallons, Hayward Cartridge Filter, Hayward Tiger Shark robotic cleaner, Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: using an extension cord with an electric robot?

    I used an ext chord on a shop vac while sucking up leaves around the pool. The vac accidentally rolled into the pool... blew the ground fault device instantly. I let the vac dry out and still functions! Don't think it's be swimming with a robot attached to an ext chord though.
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