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Old 03-06-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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First off, I am going to call a pool/electrical guy...I realize I am in over my head.

I just bought (online) a Hayward PowerFLo LX 1.5HP pump for my 30,000 above ground pool. It did not come with a on/off switch. I found out today (after the pump arrived) that I have to order that separately. This pump came with a traditional three prong cord. I thought that pool equipment had to have a twist lock cord????? I don't know if I should return the pump and get one with a twist lock? Is three prong ok? I would have to convert my outlet from twist lock to three prong.

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It needs to be twist-lock if it's located within 10' of the inside wall of the pool. if it's more than 10' then a regular plug is ok. Of course GFI protected.

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Around here a pool pump is also required to be on a timer
I have mine on a timer & I have a switch near it to shut it off
My pump is also connected to the bonding (?) grid of the pool
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Is this a new pool or are you replacing the pump? If it is a new pool then yes, I would get someone that knows about it.
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Old pool - new owner. I am replacing the same model pump..this one just arrived with a different cord, must be cheaper. How easy would it be to swap the cords (twist lock from old pump to new pump)?
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Most twist locks I have seen have screws holding them together
So fairly easy to open them up
Just make note of which wires go where
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Is the twist-lock a factory installed plug? It looks like your pump is single voltage (120V)? If the plug is removable, just change that.

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