When installing electrical, you first want to make sure that you are going to have the supplies that you need. Here is a list of supplies needed for every pond:
- ½” Conduit, to run from main electrical service panel to equipment
- ½” Brass, to run from electrical service panel to pool lights
- Pond Lights
- GFCI for Pond Lights
- Light Switch
- Pump Hookup(s)
- Bonding equipment for components
Before starting your work, you must first remember that all wires and work must be left exposed for inspection. You can have your lines buried, but just not filled in. A good place to start is with the sub-panel. If possible, it is easiest and best to place this as close to your main service panel as possible. Depending on the size of your pool, you will need a specific amperage breaker (generally, a 50A breaker will do, but be sure to calculate your amperage beforehand). You can attach your light fixtures to the steel, as this is a great anchor point. You can also run your ground to the steel, as it is an easy way to ground your light fixtures.
Next, you will want to install the pond lights, and brass runs to the equipment. When installing pond lights, you will want to make sure that they extend out past the steel by 3”. It is easiest to run your brass runs in the same trench as your PVC from the drains and pumps, as it saves some time and energy, and it will all be covered up at the same time.
You will also have to run your conduit from your main electrical service panel to the equipment pad. This isn’t always a straight run, as if there are more than four 90 degree bends you will want to install a junction box. Junction boxes help when trying to run wire, as it can get tricky to try and run wire through a maze of conduit tubes. As a note, if you are planning on having any EMT (Electrical Metal Tubing) run underground, you will have to wrap it in electrical tape. You must do this, as the steel used in these pipes can corrode under soil, and this will prevent the corrosion from occurring.
Once you have run all conduit you will want to cover the lights with plastic before shotcreting (so that the lights are not ruined), and seal any appliances that are within 5 ft. of the pool (for building code).<>Now that the groundwork has been completed, all wires will need to be pulled through the conduit. Once this is completed, breakers will need to be installed into the sub-panel, and switches will need to be installed for lights and jets. You may want to purchase an all in one system to control and automate all of your electronics. There are plenty of systems out there, and it is suggested to do your research to find the system that suits your needs.
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