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        I'm in the process of moving my pool equipment to another location. I know I have to change my pool light because the electrical line is not long enough and I really don't want to have a junction box where the equipment is now. My question is what kind of electrical conduit do I need to use for the pool light which will be buried in the ground. Some say it must be brass, some say PVC is fine, other say copper. I know bonding and grounding are issues as well. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
        Posts: 1 | Registered: Mar 31, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        you should go with low-voltage lighting, and it probably needs to be ground-bonded, probably a #6, to any and all plumbing in the pool. including the pool itself if metal.

        I'd put the questions to your local code guys at city hall. they take the national safety codes, and if there are unusual circumstances like soil type, will modify them.

        insurance rates pools as a liability, so the right advice is critical for your rates as well as safety and home value.

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        Posts: 5864 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        The conduit would be either PVC or steel, I've never seen copper conduit. But as to the code discussion I don't know if either or both PVC or steel are acceptable. Pools have very specific requirements because you could have an electrifying experience so best not tread there DIY.

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        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

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        Posts: 899 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Never heard of brass conduit. Wink
        Please do not follow the advice of others that you have talked to. Just because someone tells you what to use does not mean it is chiseled into granite. As posters have correctly noted check with your local code office. Find out if you can actually perform the work yourself or need to hire out to a professional. Grounding a pool and motor does indeed vary greatly depending on your region.
        Plus eliminating the outdoor junction box needed for lighting means adding onto the conduit. But more importantly tugging copper {rated for wet locations} from possibly the junction located say in the house to your new location. Something you may not feel comfortable doing.

        Odd as it sounds but pools are grounded because of lightning issues, not electrical. Regular ground wire tugged in the conduit {be it metal or PVC} does the grounding on the power supply side. Metal conduit in itself is not considered a ground in the present NEC world.

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: CommonwealthSparky,

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