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Our4boys 08-04-2010 12:48 PM

Ontario Electrical Code
Hey... I'm a new poster!

I have installed a new pool and now have the challenge of wiring the pool pump.
I have a run of 150 ft.
I have a sub box in the garage.
I can run either a 110 line (14 amp draw), or a 220 line.

My questions....

should i run the 1110 or 220?
what is code for running the wires to the back yard above grade?

I was thinking plastic conduit... but my home depot could not tell me code..

HELP... what is my "cost effective option"... I also need to install a GFCI breaker on my panel.

joed 08-04-2010 02:05 PM

Pools require very special rules. Your calbe should be buried 18" if in conduit. I would run 240 volts.It will be lower current and less line losses. This will definitely require an inspection from ESA.
Here is some info from the esa site.

Buried wire guidlines.

The Code requires a minimum horizontal separation between the inside walls of a pool and underground low voltage (less than 750 volts) electrical conductors of 1 M (39") where the conductors are buried in an electrical conduit, or 1.5 M (5') where the conductors are buried directly in the earth.

Note- the same clearances are required for buried communication and CATV conductors.

Rule 68-056 and Table 61.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/2009.

Our4boys 08-04-2010 02:09 PM

Thanks joed...

i want to run in conduit above grade. I cant dig a trench...
so my question is:

if I use 1/2 conduit, how many strands of 14guage wire can be accomodated. I dont want to run two conduits, so I need a 240v run (4 wire?) and a 120v run (3 wire)... do i need bigger conduit than 1/2 inch.

and I should use GFCI breakers for each run?

joed 08-04-2010 02:20 PM

I don't know of any rules that allow conduit above grade. It would definitely need to be fastened to a structure like a fence for its entire length and I am not sure that is permitted.
You definitely can not just lay it on the ground.

Our4boys 08-04-2010 02:21 PM

yes, i was planning on attaching to a fence.


macdonald 08-04-2010 07:55 PM

You will need to run 12gague wire at the minimum as you will need min 20amp feed.

I would personally run 30amps of power for future needs like lighting around pool and bury the conduit for sure too.

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