Bonding wire question...Is this bonding wire?

ManiacalMama

Well-known member
Jul 18, 2017
143
Antelope, CA
So I'm in the middle of installing sod in my backyard and I was tilling. I wasn't tilling deep in this area because it's a small area between equipment pad and pool deck and I know the plumbing runs under there, I just wanted to scrape up the dirt a little. Maybe 2" deep max. I found two thin wires that appear to be twisted around each other that the tiller seems to have snagged and broke, or it was already broke and I just unburied it. In any case it wasn't buried very deep at all.

My first thought was that it's the bonding wire and I had a little panic attack, but I looked at the wire on the equipment pad and it looks different. Maybe what I found was low voltage lighting wire?

So my questions are: Do you think this is bonding wire? Is there a way to test if it's bonding wire, or to check the bond?
Please see the pics. The two pics in my hand are the wire I found. Also took a couple pics of the bonding wire on the equipment pad for comparison.
Thanks!
 

Attachments

  • 20210324_113135.jpg
    20210324_113135.jpg
    284 KB · Views: 34
  • 20210324_113147.jpg
    20210324_113147.jpg
    238.3 KB · Views: 33
  • 20210324_113207.jpg
    20210324_113207.jpg
    510.8 KB · Views: 34
  • 20210324_113214.jpg
    20210324_113214.jpg
    292.4 KB · Views: 34

ajw22

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
24,657
Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
That twisted pair of thin wires is not your bonding wire.

It can be for some low voltage lights or irrigation.
 

ManiacalMama

Well-known member
Jul 18, 2017
143
Antelope, CA
That twisted pair of thin wires is not your bonding wire.

It can be for some low voltage lights or irrigation.
Thank you, thank you!
I posted my panic question and then started looking up threads about the bonding wire and realized that it probably isn't since it's so thin and looks like stranded wire.
Back to my dirt then!
 
  • Like
Reactions: JamesW

Jimrahbe

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
21,152
Bedford, TX
Mom,

The pic you show with the bare wire attached to your pump is the bonding wire..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

Jimrahbe

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
21,152
Bedford, TX
Mom,

It should, but they often "float" to the surface.. Especially at the equipment pad.

Jim R.
 

ManiacalMama

Well-known member
Jul 18, 2017
143
Antelope, CA
What low voltage stuff do you have in the general direction of the wires?
I have nothing, but who knows what previous owners had. This is a 30+ year old house. And I've ran into soooo many buried things. At least 3 abandoned sprinkler systems and irrigation wires, etc. But all that has been on the opposite side of the yard.
I'm pretty sure now what I found was probably for some old landscape lighting long ago taken out.
The bond wire at the pad is definitely solid copper and what I found in the dirt was stranded and thin gauge.

I jumped the gun with my post :sneaky:
 
  • Like
Reactions: JamesW