After wanting one for many years, my husband and I finally purchased an above ground pool last August. Its a 24' round by 48" deep pool and included in the purchase price was a professional installation. Although the pool was barely up and running before it was time to close it down for the winter, we did use it enough to know that we are thrilled with our purchase!
Spring has arrived, and we are getting ready to open the pool. Since we had such a short time to use the pool last year, we opted to hold off on installing the electric line until this spring (we used a heavy duty extension cord with a GFI attached to hook into our garage electric for the few weeks we ran the pool). But now its time to finish off the job right by having an electrician install a proper, dedicated line. The pool installers last year told us all we needed was a single outlet mounted on a post, and that sounded about right as we just had one plug from the pump going into the extension cord anyway. But now I am wondering if we could use more outlets? We have decided that we want to install a natural gas pool heater (we had somehow thought we could skip putting in a heater, we were dead wrong on that one up here in Minnesota!) So the igniter on the heater will need an outlet too, right? Then it has occurred to me that some sort of timer for the whole system could be pretty handy, so should we should plan another outlet to manage something like that (any advice on what to get for a timer while we are at it?) Are there other needs you more experienced pool owners can think of that might make us wish we had even more plug-ins available for pool equipment? I can just see us having the electrician out over and over again as we dream up more and more accessories to add to our set up. I would love to think ahead enough to avoid that.
I am grateful for any advice, thanks all!