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Old 08-02-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hi i have a semi in ground pool When bonding my pool, I ran #8awg bare copper wire from the pool to the salt water generator then to the pump. my question is do I tie it in to the ground wire from the 12awg pool pump receptacle circuit or does it stop at the pump housing? Also I have 12volt led pool light in the pools return. Can I run that off the same 20 amp feed that I am using for the pump or does it have to be a dedicated circuit, to pass inspection . Thanks

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Bonding wire stops at filter motor. Run a dedicated circuit for the filter motor. Convenience receptacle has to be GFI and can be done in UF. LED light can plug onto convenience receptacle.

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Bonding wire stops at filter motor. Run a dedicated circuit for the filter motor. Convenience receptacle has to be GFI and can be done in UF. LED light can plug onto convenience receptacle.
Thanks for your fast reply? Now I have another question a freind of mine recently had his pool inspected, his was tied onto the ground and passed! which way is safer?I certainly don't want to get lit-up and I would like to tell the inspector why I stopped it at the motors housing if asked, but I would want to know why it is safer so I can also let my friend know. I really dont care if an inspector passes me i want it to be safe thats all. Thanks.
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Bonding wire stops at filter motor. Run a dedicated circuit for the filter motor. Convenience receptacle has to be GFI and can be done in UF. LED light can plug onto convenience receptacle.
Thanks for your fast reply? Now I have another question a freind of mine recently had his pool inspected, his was tied onto the ground and passed! which way is safer?I certainly don't want to get lit-up and I would like to tell the inspector why I stopped it at the motors housing if asked, but I would want to know why it is safer so I can also let my friend know. I really dont care if an inspector passes me i want it to be safe thats all. Thanks.
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Motor is grounded through branchcircuit conductors. Pool is bonded to motor with #8 bare. There is no need for another connection. The inspector better know the difference.
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So is my freinds pool bonded correctly/ safe ?did the electrician just add an extra connection for saftey ..Thanks
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So is my freinds pool bonded correctly/ safe ?did the electrician just add an extra connection for saftey ..Thanks
No, he added it because he didn't know any better. Just like people that sink ground rods for pools.
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No, he added it because he didn't know any better. Just like people that sink ground rods for pools.
That, and he doesn't understand the difference between grounding and bonding.
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The scary thing is the inspector passed it!!
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The scary thing is the inspector passed it!!
The NEC does not prohibit it.
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So since he is tied into the ground wire, there would be a better chance of electric current flow to the pool ? Can you expain how this would or could happen ? You know its crazy but you have a professional do a job for you and then you have it inspected and it passes you would think it is safe!!
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So since he is tied into the ground wire, there would be a better chance of electric current flow to the pool ? Can you expain how this would or could happen ? You know its crazy but you have a professional do a job for you and then you have it inspected and it passes you would think it is safe!!
It's not really a big deal because the bond wire is connected to the motor which is grounded by the #12 EGC in the branch circuit. So the entire pool in grounded indirectly anyway. My bigger concern ( Petey stated this earlier) is when a ground rod is driven at the pool and connected to the bonding wire.

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