Pool/deck bonding issue...

TomGallopavo

Well-known member
Apr 2, 2016
178
Hillbillyville, MO
We recently put a small deck on our pool. Every so often we get a static shock if we are on the deck and touch the water. I have google searched and plastic/composite decking does not have to be bonded. We have followed the regulations and the pool is properly bonded. Should I dig down and connect the deck to the wire? BTW, the deck is floating and does not touch the pool (can be seen in the build thread in my sig). Thanks for looking!
 

Mickelin

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Jun 3, 2015
261
Stockholm, Sweden
The composite is not electrically conducting, so not possible to bond. In fact, it is probably the combination of the composite material, prone to generate static electricity, and the fact that the water is bonded (is it?), causing electric discharge when touched, that is the problem. A wooden deck or unbonded water would not have the issue. Not much you can do about it I think, other than minimizing static buildup by walking barefoot.
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,248
Quaker Hill, CT
Do you have any electrical devices on your deck that could be the source of the problem?

If theres no electricity touching your deck then you can try running a bare copper wire across the underside of the decking boards close to were you get in and out of the pool. Connect the wire to your bonding loop. You don't need to bond your deck per code but doing so wont hurt anything either. Do you have any electrical devices on your deck that could be the source of the problem?
 

TomGallopavo

Well-known member
Apr 2, 2016
178
Hillbillyville, MO
There is no electricity near the deck nor will there be. I think I will connect a wire to the deck bolts near the pool, run it up along the underside of the composite (with connections), then down to the bolts on the other side, then connect to the bonding wire running around the pool.
 

CJadamec

TFP Expert
Apr 29, 2016
2,248
Quaker Hill, CT
It just might solve your problem. Even though the deck isn't conductive bonding it to your loop should give the static charge a place to go so that it doesn't build up.
 
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