Intex Pump Placement

ashtonfitzgerald

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Sep 27, 2016
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Oshawa, ON, Canada
We're in the development stages for our more permanent setup for our intex pool this year. Last year we stuck the pool on the most (naturally) level spot in our yard, which turned out to be more shady than I liked. This year we've moved it to a sunnier spot and had to level that area.

It turns out that the ideal spot is about 15ft too far from our existing electrical outlet. Even moving said outlet to the closest spot on our deck will leave us about 6 feet short. This means either extending electrical by burying cable and installing a new outlet closer to the pool, or locating the pump nearer the deck and extending plumbing.

We're running an intex pump & sand filter rated at 1050gph. The total plumbing run would be about 30ft. My concerns with this option is the effect on the pump's turnover rate.

Anyone have suggestions or other options I haven't considered. We're likely to upgrade to a larger pool in 2 years or so, which may mean adjusting things a bit then.


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Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
The voltage drop from extending the wiring is going to be miniscule compared to the flow reduction caused by lengthy hose runs.

If it was me, I'd run wiring to a weathertight box as close as possible to the new location, and then go from there with new direct burial wiring and put a post with plug closer to the pool. If you upgrade again and need to move the plug, just disconnect the wiring at the box and dig it up. You'll have a nice splice point waiting to do it again.
 

ashtonfitzgerald

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Sep 27, 2016
193
Oshawa, ON, Canada
Thanks for the feedback Richard. After thinking on it more, running the electric is going to be more straightforward. Factor in the winterization hassles of long plumbing runs, and it's a no-brainer now. 50ft of cable and conduit will probably cost me the same as a double run of appropriate sized PVC. For some reason plumbing in our area is expensive...

As our plans for the future involve putting a larger AGP I this spot, I'm thinking we should run the wire with that expansion in mind. Probably going to run a new line from a dedicated breaker on the panel to the pool area. For a typical AGP are we looking at 12 gauge wire hooked into a 20amp GFCI breaker, or is 14g sufficient? The specs for our current pump are well within the safe current draw for 14g on a 15 amp breaker. Just not sure what kind of current a 1hp pump pulls...
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Thanks for the feedback Richard. After thinking on it more, running the electric is going to be more straightforward. Factor in the winterization hassles of long plumbing runs, and it's a no-brainer now. 50ft of cable and conduit will probably cost me the same as a double run of appropriate sized PVC. For some reason plumbing in our area is expensive...

As our plans for the future involve putting a larger AGP I this spot, I'm thinking we should run the wire with that expansion in mind. Probably going to run a new line from a dedicated breaker on the panel to the pool area. For a typical AGP are we looking at 12 gauge wire hooked into a 20amp GFCI breaker, or is 14g sufficient? The specs for our current pump are well within the safe current draw for 14g on a 15 amp breaker. Just not sure what kind of current a 1hp pump pulls...
That's one you'll have to research. I know somewhere there are charts that show wire size for amperage and length of run.
 

ashtonfitzgerald

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Sep 27, 2016
193
Oshawa, ON, Canada
Thanks Chayne. I was leaning towards 12ga on a 20amp breaker. Outdoor receptacles are not unlike garage receptacles and I believe code in most areas these days requires 12ga/20amp.

I checked a few manufacturers specs and it looks like 115v/20amp breaker can handle up to a 1hp pump in future if needed.
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
You could set up a 240V system and wire each plug to a separate circuit breaker. Then if you upgrade to a 240V pump, you just lose the plug and hardwire it to the same box. It's just a matter of breaking off that connector on each side of the plug.
 

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