Hooking up booster pump using pig tail and an outlet


Apr 9, 2012
I have a booster pump that is presently hard wired into the system I would like to use a plug and a pigtail wire instead of the hard wire setup. This to make it easier to remove pump for winter storage. In general does the code allow a 240 volt pump to be powered this way


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Jan 26, 2021
Memphis, Tn
NEC does allow cord / plug connected pool motors as long as the cord isn't over 3 feet and is a single twist lock style receptacle and protected by a GFCI breaker. You will also want to use an in-use type cover.

680.22 Area Lighting, Receptacles and Equipment.

(A) Receptacles.
(1) Circulation System, Location. Receptacles for pool, outdoor spa, and hot tub motors or other loads directly related to the circulation system shall be located at least 10 ft from the inside walls, or not less than 5 ft from the inside walls if the receptacle is: Figure 680-5 un680-05 680-22A1 01.cdr
(1) A single receptacle.
(2) Of the twist-lock type.
(3) Of the grounding type.
(4) GFCI protected.
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