Bonding an Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump

May 14, 2017
10
Northeast Ohio
#1
Hi Everyone!
Has anyone attached a bonding lug to an "Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2800 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI" ? If so, how? It's plastic as far as I can tell, but I don't believe it's double insulated and would need to be bonded? Am I missing something?

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Lizzy
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,194
Quaker Hill, CT
#2
A lot of the Intex equipment is double insulated and doesn't require a bond nor does it have a bonding connection. If it doesn't have a bonding point and the manual doesn't say to bond it specifically don't bond it.
 
May 14, 2017
10
Northeast Ohio
#3
Thanks Cjadamec! The weird thing is they do sell a model (I think it's a cartridge type) and it specifically says "double insulated", but this one (the sand filter) does not. There is also nothing in the owner's manual about bonding, and I can't locate a bonding point on the filter.
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,194
Quaker Hill, CT
#4
Intex equipment was designed to be used with un-bonded pools. It wasn't until recently that code requirered most larger (42 inches and deeper) intex pools to be bonded.
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,194
Quaker Hill, CT
#6
You didn't get the wrong filter you got a nice filter for your type of pool. You just don't need to bond it. That shouldn't stop you from installing a bond loop and bonding your water and running a bonding wire to where your pump will be. Down the road you may upgrade your pump or add something that needs to be bonded.
 

Eaglei22

Active member
Apr 26, 2017
37
IL
#7
So does an intex pool need to be bonded if the pump is double insulated, per code or not? I am confused reading this thread.
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,194
Quaker Hill, CT
#9
Any pool with over 42" of water per 2014 code is required to be bonded.

If a double insulated pump is used a wire from the bonding loop shall be run to the pump but not connected for future use in the event the pump motor is changed. Not a direct quote but that is in the paragraph in the code book referring to double insulated pumps.
 

Eaglei22

Active member
Apr 26, 2017
37
IL
#10
Okay, so the bonding needs to be installed even if its double insulated but just not connected (available for future upgrades to pump) to be code compliant?
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,194
Quaker Hill, CT
#11
Yes you need to have a bonding grid around the pool. The bonding grid does more than just bond the pump. Even if you had no pump you are still safer with the area around the pool and the water being bonded.