Bonding steel stairs

Aquaman7

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Hello,
I’m installing a In ground polymer pool with vinyl over steel steps. How do I bond the steel steps in the pool?
Thanks,
Joe
 

duckcmmndr

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Bond the water which bonds the steel in the water.
No...He is doing vinyl liner over the steel steps. Unless he develops a leak...the water should never come in contact with the steel in the steps.

You will need to attach bonding lugs to the steel step pannels and attach your 8 gauge copper wire to the bonding lugs. You also need to bond the water and if you have a stainless ladder in the pool...that should work for that, just bond the ladder. I think it has to be 8 or 9 square inches of metal in contact with the water.
 

duckcmmndr

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Aquaman7

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That is a good question...I don't think I have ever seen any info on that topic. I am guessing no...but I would like to hear from an expert since I am about to undertake the same project.

Here is a good read to give you an overview of the whole process.

Thank you for the article. Hopefully someone will chime in.
 

duckcmmndr

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I'm not an expert but very familiar with bonding.
I believe the rebar does have to be bonded regardless of vinyl lining.
The rebar in the pool deck for sure does...he is talking about the rebar pins that are used to hold the bottom of the walls in place. I have never seen pics or heard of anyone bonding those.
 
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jimmythegreek

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Bonding and ground are seperate systems. Bonding has nothing in common with ground around a pool. Only place it touches is in the UL light Jbox amd possibly in wet niche on certain styles
 

Aquaman7

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Just so I’m not confused. Bonding attaches to anything metal within 5 feet of the water and also pump, heater, SWG?
 

jimmythegreek

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Anything with a bonding lug
Heater
Pump
Automation panel
Light niche
Steel wall pool in 4 spots.
Rebar in concrete deck 4 spots
A #8 ring around any pool deck of pavers or tile 18-24" out
Any handrails or ladders
UL listed Jbox
Anything metal within 5ft of pool
I think that's everything
 
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Aquaman7

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Anything with a bonding lug
Heater
Pump
Automation panel
Light niche
Steel wall pool in 4 spots.
Rebar in concrete deck 4 spots
A #8 ring around any pool deck of pavers or tile 18-24" out
Any handrails or ladders
UL listed Jbox
Anything metal within 5ft of pool
I think that's everything
Wow. Well put Jimmy. Thank you.