I need to find out exactly what building codes my town goes by, but our inspector can't seem to make up his mind on what's required. Very wishy washy. And in the most recent discussion I had with him, I feel like he's trying to drum up business with me, vs just doing the inspection and telling me the requirements. That makes me question what he tells me.
Let's backup to my neighbors IG installation last summer. The main inspector told him he needed a grounding mesh installed under the pavers. The assistant said "that's only for concrete, pull it up." So he pulled it. Then the main inspector said "put it back!". Ultimately the decision was it was not needed and he just has the single bond wire, about 18-24" out from the waterline, under the pavers.
So I was worried I'd get the same runaround, so I called to make sure he knew what I was doing, so I'd have no issues once I start the patio. He tells me "you need a ground mesh, buried a couple of inches below grade" or "at least you need to run like 6 or 7 rings of copper wire out from pool, all the way around, all connected to each other in multiple places." He goes on to say "or there's something else they have which is like a copper blanket you can install." My head is spinning as I've already backfilled based on what they told me last summer. Burying a mesh or something know would be a huge pain...I challenge him a bit and then he says "well whatever is needed, I can help you out you know, but it's around $2,000." It sounded like extortion to me honestly. He's the wiring inspector, so he shouldn't be trying to solicit work on my jobsite in my opinion. So I tell him again, "remember my neighbor's pool, I believe all they have is a single bond wire and you guys signed off on it..." He pauses and then tells me he needs to go read up on it and research it a bit and get back to me.
Sounds all a bit suspect to me. I know him from town, so he's known to me and I'm always a bit skeptical (thinking back to when I got a permit for my backup electrical generator install and the issues I had with that). But this whole thing feels weird. I want to be armed with information so whatever he tells me, I either agree, or can challenge him correctly. What I don't know is what my town uses as their electrical code guidelines. Obviously I want my pool to be 100% safe, but I also don't want to blow money that's not necessary.
Can anyone offer and experience or expertise in this area? This is a 24x40' vinyl inground, which will have a 1300' Rinox paver patio around it...