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Question DetailsAsked on 6/1/2016

Electric line for pool. Is outdoor plug OK. If not where does it run from and how much? Thanks

21ft pool by 52 inches.
Have an outdoor outlet in a newly built house, but not sure it is strong enough. All electric is underground

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No - basically (with the exception of user-replaceable appliances like washer/dryer and range and dishwasher and such) all permanent installations have to be hard-wired by code, and also GFCI (AFCI in some code areas) protected for pool outlets and any outdoor connections. Run to pool can be overhead or buried, and buried lines can be (with correct type cable) direct burial or run in buried conduit (I recommend this in case it ever has to be repaired/rerun).

Circuit would normally tap directly off the breaker box in the house but sometimes at the exterior main breaker at the meter, and be routed to an outdoor emergency shutoff switch visible from the pool (but at least - oh, what is it - 5 or 6 feet from the water's edge minimum), then from there to the pool demand points - pump, heater, filter unit, lighting, etc. For larger inground pool with heater and with lighting both in the pool and around the area commonly will have several circuits to the pool, or a main feed to a subpanel at the pool with individual breakers and circuits from there to the various usage points - pump and filter/chlorinator unit, heater, pool lights, deck lights, utility outlet, etc.

Cost depends on specific job of course, and local code variations, but in most cases probably in the $1000-2000 range (rarely as low as $800) for simple in-ground setup or above ground pool - more commonly like $2000-4000 range if a hassle (lots of interference or rocks or such running the cable) or a full-blown permanent pool with several circuits needed as noted above. Electrical is your Search the List category for this job.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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