I'm in the process of having a 21'x38' UG pool installed. Yesterday, they excavated and tomorrow will be compacting (lots of fill earth in our lot). Before they backfill, they indicated I could install underground conduit to handle any future additions around the pool. I would like to get some feedback and ideas on what to run to 'futureproof' my pool install in terms of utilities to enhance the pool experience.
Here are some notes on the pool and planned uses for underground electric:
- One side of the pool will have hardscaping/pavers from the edge of the concrete deck to the house.
- The far side of the pool will be grass/landscape area, ideal for placing some rock speakers and landscape lighting.
- I definitely plan to install at least 2 outdoor speakers, connected to an amplifier about 50' away inside the basement.
- I also want to have a few low voltage landscape lights outside, on the far side of the pool away from the hose (same side as the speakers above). I've seen some debate on the forums about how close landscape lighting can be to the water, even if low voltage. Does anyone have thoughts on the true distance requirements for LV?
- Equipment pad is close to the far side location, so I anticipate I can put a transformer there and use existing electrical boxes with GFCI outlet already in place to power the landscape lighting from a timer.
So from what I already plan to do, I think I just need to run some 3/4" schedule 40 PVC from the house to the speaker areas, and also a separate run from the equipment pad to the areas that will have landscape lighting. I need to dig a trench from the equipment pad anyway to the house for underground gas for the heater and for the power to the equipment pad, so I can make the trench wider to accommodate any new conduit for these luxury items.
Does anyone have any links to guides/pictures/walk-throughs on how to do this or guidance on additional recommendations or conduit I should run to 'futureproof' this install?