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    GFCI Breaker?

    I am currently installing a Jandy Sub Panel Power Center (http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Jandy-66 ... 14AP-L.htm), and I will be putting my pump and one 120 volt light on it. They are currently (before the re-wire) plugged into a GFCI 20amp outdoor receptacle.

    First question:
    Since they will be wired directly into the power center to breakers, should I make those breakers GFCI? I think I know the answer, especially since I have already purchased the non-GFCI breakers.

    Second question:
    My upstream disconnect is a 60 amp box, but I only wired one 30-amp breaker in it because it is 10-3 wire, and it is run about 80 feet, and I've read that 30 amps is max for 10 gauge wire. I purchased two breakers: 1 single pole 20amp breaker (for pump), and 1 double pole 15amp breaker (for 120V light and 5amp draw to Jandy heater ignition). If I have to change these to GFCI, I may be screwed, because I need 3 places to wire a hot wire (pump, heater, light), and a 20 and 2 15's would put me at 50 amps, although it would never draw more than about 22-25 amps. What do I do? Is there such a thing as a double pole 15 amp GFCI breaker?

    Larry
    10k Johnny Weissmuller AGP, Waterway 2HP 2-speed pump & sand filter
    On order/me attempting install: Jandy LRZ125EN heater, Jandy sub panel, Jandy RS-P4 OneTouch, iAqualink

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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    I have answered my second question by simply googling. They do exist.

    As for my first question, do I go to the trouble of exchanging the breakers?

    Larry
    10k Johnny Weissmuller AGP, Waterway 2HP 2-speed pump & sand filter
    On order/me attempting install: Jandy LRZ125EN heater, Jandy sub panel, Jandy RS-P4 OneTouch, iAqualink

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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    Yep, I would. GFCI is way safer, and required by electrical code.
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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    Not sure what the double pole breaker is for. You have 3 120V loads... you should use 3 single pole GFCI breakers. Single pole GFCI will be much cheaper (around $50 at Home Depot).
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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    jtech1, the double pole breaker is for the main panel. The three single pole breakers go in the sub-panel.
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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    I thought he was indicating that the 2-pole 15A breaker was for lights and heater... like he was taking each off one leg on the 2-pole breaker.
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    Re: GFCI Breaker?

    Jtech1, you actually had my assumptions and interpretations correct.

    Apparently, I have read from a bad source that I could use a 2 pole breaker and run two separate 120 volt circuits off it. I also assumed that the total of my breakers could not equal greater than my disconnect breaker off 30 amps.

    After much reading and more interpretation I have learned quite a bit. I realize now that I can have a total amount of breaker amps than my disconnect or main breaker.I knew that my system would never be loaded to its limits, but I also assume that codes and safety did not assume that. Therefore, I will now use separate GFCI breakers for each circuit. This is actually good news, because now I can add a GFCI outlet to my Power Center. It has knockouts for that if one desires to add point. I need a little hand to your place to plug in my robot rather than having to go up to the balcony every time.

    thanks for all the help!

    Larry
    10k Johnny Weissmuller AGP, Waterway 2HP 2-speed pump & sand filter
    On order/me attempting install: Jandy LRZ125EN heater, Jandy sub panel, Jandy RS-P4 OneTouch, iAqualink

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