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Old 08-02-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Hope I'm not far out of topic. The electrical circuit for for our pool is according to code and has a single, lock type receptacle on a post, 6' from the pool. I'm thinking of purchasing a salt water chlorine generator but I'm baffled trying to figure out how they are powered? How do they plug in? Any one have any experience with these?

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Hope I'm not far out of topic. The electrical circuit for for our pool is according to code and has a single, lock type receptacle on a post, 6' from the pool. I'm thinking of purchasing a salt water chlorine generator but I'm baffled trying to figure out how they are powered? How do they plug in? Any one have any experience with these?

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Start by reading the manufacturers installation instructions. Does it come with a cord and plug? It will probably need to be bonded. If it has a motor, it has to have a minimum #12 green insulated EGC.

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I would recommend against a salt water chlorinator. We make owners sign a waiver if they insist on putting in a salt pool because it is so corrosive to the components like grout and stone surrounds. Just a note of caution.
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Start by reading the manufacturers installation instructions. Does it come with a cord and plug? It will probably need to be bonded. If it has a motor, it has to have a minimum #12 green insulated EGC.
It looks like there is a power center, cord and plug, that is 120V to convert the cell to 12V. I believe the code is one receptacle near the pool so I don't know were the new plug would go. Do I need to rewire the circuit and is a duplex receptacle now allowed??
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I would recommend against a salt water chlorinator. We make owners sign a waiver if they insist on putting in a salt pool because it is so corrosive to the components like grout and stone surrounds. Just a note of caution.
Thanks Broughton. I'm just weighing things out and that is certainly a consideration. This is an above ground pool, I have no grout or cement to worry about but there are aluminum rails etc.
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It looks like there is a power center, cord and plug, that is 120V to convert the cell to 12V. I believe the code is one receptacle near the pool so I don't know were the new plug would go. Do I need to rewire the circuit and is a duplex receptacle now allowed??
Is there a GFI receptacle no closer then 10' and no more then 20' from the pool? If so, it can be connected to that receptacle. How long is the cord?
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Salt chlorine generators are typically hard wired into the pump circuit since they MUST go on and off with the pump. They draw next to nothing so they do not add to the load on the circuit.

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