I have read through most (if not all) the Stenner pump installation posts. I see many of you have integrated the pump successfully to an EasyTouch relay but I am unable to find much detail on how this wiring is actually done. I am generally a DIY person but am quite clueless when it comes to electricity. I have even read the EasyTouch manuals and still can't wrap my head around it even though I am sure it is quite simple.
I have an EasyTouch 8 and I believe that I should have one auxiliary relay (Aux 7) still available. All other buttons are used for filter pump, spa, pool light, spa light, cleaner, waterfall, and spillway. Since the spa button and spillway button just control actuator valves, I think they can be set up as "feature circuits" to save on used relays. This may be desired in the future but I'll leave that question for another day.
Here are my current questions:
1) 120V vs 240V. If I decide to hardwire the Stenner directly to this Aux 7 relay, does this automatically mean I should purchase a 220V Stenner or can the relay be optionally wired for either 120V or 240V? I have gathered that if I instead decide to connect an external GFCI outlet to this relay and connect the pump to the outlet, then I should purchase the 120V Stenner.
2) I already have a GFCI protected outlet mounted on the side of the Easytouch panel and both plugs are always hot. I believe somebody else successfully connected the bottom plug to a switchable relay for their Stenner pump and kept the top plug always hot. This would be my ideal setup if somebody can explain how this is wired. The GFCI outlet by the equipment pad was required by code but I don't know if both plugs have to remain hot at all times.
3) Given that I have no electrical experience and all the warnings in the EasyTouch manual stating installs should be done by a licensed electrician, per code, etc... am I over my head in attempting this connection myself? I know how to turn off the breaker to safely do the work but beyond that I don't know what other risks are involved if something is done incorrectly.
If anyone is willing to provide a picture of their wiring Stenner pump to relay, it would be greatly appreciated.