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Question DetailsAsked on 7/13/2014

How much should it cost to install an outdoor outlet?

I need to install an electrical outlet about 30 feet from the electrical panel for the filter to an above ground pool.

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The biggest pain is probably the narrow deep trench to be dug, where the wires will run inside the conduit. If the ground is soft after a good rain, it will make that a lot easier. If you can get that part done with cheap labor off craigslist etc then the electrical bit is probably $150-250 plus materials (probably $100-200).

Good luck!


Answered 5 years ago by Jefferson


There were a couple of nearly identical questions in the past few months - so check out the Home > Electrical link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Bear in mind you may end up wanting power for lighting, electric chest cooler, place to plug in boom box or computer and such etc in the future so might be a good idea to provide enough amperage for that type expansion in the future, too - small percentage increase in cost assuming your distribution panel has the capacity - basically a few more bucks for the outlet and maybe $0.50/LF or so for larger wire, and that is about it - should not affect installation labor.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


I'm glad you asked. I recently wrote an article about the cost of this project:http://

Hopefully this helps!

James Figy

Writer, Angie's List Newsroom


Answered 5 years ago by JamesFigy


Note that the Figy article is NOT for the same project as yours - he wrote about tapping off an interior outlet and installing an exterior outlet. NOT a bad article, just not directly applicable to your case.

First - not a separate circuit as required by code for pools

Second - on the outside house wall, not 30 feet away by overhead or buried cable

Third - in all probability, the NEMA class of the pool outlet is "higher" - more waterproof than the outside outlet - normally a NEMA 4 or 5 rating depending on installation, versus a NEMA 3 class for normal outside wall outlet.

Fourth - the outside outlet can, in most code areas, use a GFCI outlet to meet GFCI requirements - in most code areas a pool area outlet requires the entire system be GFCI protected, which means a GFCI breaker, not just a GFCI outlet.

Fifth - in many code areas, you are required to install an extra ground in the pool area unless you are using buried metal conduit, which is rare these days.

So - count on your install being quite a bit more than his $300 number.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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