First of all, I have read this entire thread...very interesting...and I have some questions.
I have an above ground pool. It has always been a pain, but being in the lawn sprinkler business, I had a customer who wanted me to add sprinklers to the new grass area she acquired after filling in her old pool. She gave me the pump and filter.
Being a mechanical guy, and adept with piping, etc., I poured a concrete pad about 6 feet from the pool and installed the pump, filter and piping. I ran a wire from my back porch to the pool and plugged the pool into the GFI outlet. I set the pump to 110 and it has worked fine, except...until, the circuit becomes overloaded from too many lights, or the vaccuum, etc. Total pain in the rear.
Plus...the run is about 150 feet and I ran short of wire so I have a couple of splices in the ground. If it rains, or if for whatever reason the valve box where the wire connections are fills up with water..it kicks the GFI.
I have never really felt safe in the pool with the pump running...and my wife insists that it be turned off before anyone gets in the pool...but it doesn't take long for bugs and such to inundate a pool like this. (we live on 4 acres)
So, I want to hook up a 220 GFI circuit breaker in the breaker box in the garage and run new wire from there to the pool. I have the pump grounded to Earth...but...all I know about bonding is what I have read on this forum and in the Pool School blog.
Recommendations would be appreciated. I am not an electrician and would have a licensed electrician do all the work (except running the wire).