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10/17/05

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Electrical Pool


Electrical Pool

A licensed electrician can help with this review and must perform all electrical work. It is imperative that the Endless Electrical Pool installation comply with the National Electric Code Article 680.
Specific Electrical Pool Requirements depend on the local classification.

Endless Pool Electrical Requirements

It is imperative that the Endless Pool installation comply with the National Electric Code Article 680 "Swimming Pools and Similar Installations" and any other applicable local codes and ordinances. A licensed electrician can help with this review and must perform all electrical work. Specific requirements depend on the local classification of the Endless Pool as a pool or as a spa. Below are some of the most important considerations.

• Bonding: All pool equipment, steel pool panels and fittings, and any cables and conduits within 5' horizontally of the inside wall of the pool and 12' above maximum water level must be bonded together with #8 solid copper wire.

• Grounding: All pool equipment, including equipment within 5' of pool inside wall, junction boxes, transformer enclosures, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and panel boards must be grounded. The grounding conductor must be an insulated copper conductor not smaller than #12 solid copper.

• Plug Connections: For your convenience, EPI provides a twist-lock receptacle connected to the timeclock that should be wired by your electrician. If code permits, this outlet may be used to power your circulating pump which has a 3' cord with a twist lock plug. The timeclock must be powered with a GFCI circuit.

• Proximity of Equipment: All wall switches, power receptacles and other electrical devices including electric wires and power lines must be at least 5' from the inside wall of a spa and at least 10' from the inside wall of a pool. Lighting fixtures, lighting outlets and ceiling fans located over the body of water within 5' of the inside wall must be protected by a GFCI. They must be a minimum of 7'6" above maximum water level if the body of water is classified as a spa and 12' above maximum water level if the body of water is classified as a pool. See the National Electric Code for details.

• Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI): All equipment provided by EPI and all associated pool equipment must be protected by GFCI. These GFCI circuits must be tested monthly. All power receptacles within 10' of a spa or 20' of a pool must have GFCI protection.

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