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    Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    Above gorund pool ordered and getting ready for install. Called pool installer and they said they could do it next Wednesday. Not sure the electrician can come out and have the plug ready by then. Can we go ahead and have the pool installed before the electric is ready or do we need to wait until after we have the plug available?
    ALso need some irrigation system moved. Called irrigation company and they said they usually come out after pool is installed. THe installers just dig up the lines and leave them out. I thought I needed to have the irrigation system moved before pool install?
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    There are pros and cons to any choice of what order you do things in. The electrical and sprinkler people both have an easier job if they know exactly where the pool is/will be. That is much simpler to know after the install, doing electrical/sprinkler before hand can result in mistakes. On the other hand there are significant advantages to have electrical ready so you can turn on the pump right away. The pool is not fully installed until it is mostly full, and at that point you want the pump running so you can add chemicals. In a similar vein, dealing with sprinklers after the install means sprinkler heads can end up underneath the pool, a fairly minor but not completely trivial issue.
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    You don't need to have electric before install, but you should have electric before filling with water (so that you can circulate once filled).
    However, most pool companies will fill immediately.

    Moving irrigation after pool install means that they know irrigation lines wouldn't be under pool.

    Edit: Jason replied first. I'd trust his answer over mine.

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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    I had my ABG Pool installed last year; I had the irrigation company come out and re-route the irrigation lines around where the pool was to be installed. They left the old lines in the ground and my installer dug them up but they were no longer attached to anything. For the electric, my electrician came out the next day. I did some prep work, like digging the trench to the pool to save time (and money) versus having my electrician do it. I had chlorinated water brought in for my initial fill so I wasn't to worried about the water for that short of time. To properly bond the pool and equipment, the electrician would have to come back out after the install; which may cost more by having them make a second trip. Depending on your local codes, you may also need to have the electric inspected; so if you're trenching, don't bury it 'till after the inspection is done - my inspector wanted to check the depth of the electric every few feet. One last thing... are you installing a heater? I didn't last year when the pool was installed but decided this spring to put one in. Would have been much easier if I would have pulled the gas line then as I had to retrench the entire run - about 175'. If you're thinking about an electric heater, have the electrician put in service at the pool to accommodate that also - will save you money down the road.
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    Our electrician couldn't come out until a week after the pool was installed. I ran a heavy duty extension cord out to the filter and ran it a couple of hours a day until he could come out.
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    I did my electrical after install. If you're waiting, waiting, waiting after it's full, you can add chemicals but you *must* brush them through the water thoroughly.
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    Thanks all. Don't think we can run an extension cord as the plug is one of those big round ones, not the regular ones. Hoping to hear form electrician in the next day or so..
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    I ran our pump with an extention cord for years until we found this site; and decided to do the pool correctly this year. it all started with a french drain, then dug a trench for the electrical, wanted three or four plug outlets on the far side of pool running along side of fence, including the one by the pump motor all GFI electrical lines with a 30 amp breaker to handle the loads. I know that is overkill, but hey why not? your there any way, plus we have outlets for Christmas lights!! We had to because the pool sits partially over both. installed a patio! when I learn how to post pics i will!!!
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    Re: Dumb question...does electric HAVE to be installed before pool install?

    Electrician says he'll come after pool is installed.
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