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    Electrical solutions

    I was wondering how everyone is running electrical to their pumps. I am temporarily running outdoor power cords from the GFI outlet on the house but this isn't very attractive. I'm open to ideas on how to better run electricity to the pumps. I should add that due to the sloping of my yard, I had to put the pool about 45 yds from the closest outdoor outlet.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18x48; Intex 56671EG 2,650-Gallon Sand Filter Pump; Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System 15,000 Gallon

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    Re: Electrical solutions

    135 feet is quiet a long run for power cords. I dont know what guage your using but I'm thinking that is a tad to far whatever it is. The only thing I would know to do is just run some UF 12-2 and stub it up near the pump. Dont know what your electrical codes are where you live but it's probably going to involve an electrician.
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    Re: Electrical solutions

    +1 on the electrician.

    We ran 100' of HD extension cords to our pump while waiting for the electrician. a little scary 'cuz the plug was getting HOT.

    You'll most likely need a "ditch witch" to trench (watch the pool! I almost took our newly installed AG pool when the ditch witch I rented hit a rock, veered hard left and hit/ almost took out a support column) , some 1 1/2" conduit (straights, elbows, boxes and glue) , a twist lock plug for the pump, a "convenience" outlet if your system is more than 20' from an outlet (our's was 21 feet from the back of the house and we had to run an additional line in case I wanted to fire up a stereo/ TV on the far side of the pool) and don't forget the water bonding.
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    Re: Electrical solutions

    ahhhh the joy's of a walk behind Ditch Witch. Good story you have there. They can beat you to death on a 100 ft run in rocky ground. I think code calls for 24" direct bury or 12-18 in conduit. The Ditch Witch is the only way to go. And yes once a license Electrician get involved water bonding comes into play in a lot of places before he will sign off on it and turn it on. It adds up in a hurry.

    To be honest I dont think the UF-B 12-2 I mentioned eariler will pass either but that is the largest guage they will let you hook a GFCI up to. You may have to run a bigger wire and go into a box and then step down.
    8 year old Intex 16 x 48 metal frame - Intex 1600 Pump with 14" sand filter - Intex Old Style SWG (ladder broke and poked huge hole in the side)

    New 18 x 48 Ultra frame Intex - Intex 2650 pump with sand filter - Intex Old Style SWG

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    Re: Electrical solutions

    .....and if the UF is ok, it must be kept 5' away from the pool, or if closer than 5', the wiring must be run in conduit.
    21K gal 16' x 40' in-ground pool built 1959, old school with Jacuzzi bronze pump, American Products 24" Sand Filter & Americana Multiport valve, Jandy Lite2 millivolt heater, Coverstar cover, and classic Kreepy Krauly.

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    Re: Electrical solutions

    135' is a long run. Assuming a 20A circuit the electrician will (or should) pull larger than 12 gauge since the wire has to be derated for voltage drop.
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