I'm in the process of having my pool renovated, and the equipment is back
in. There used to be a cover over the equipment, but it was taken down when
we bought the house because the supports were termite infested.
I'm in the process of building a new cover out of 3" PVC for supports. But
is all this necessary. Does it matter if the pumps get rained on?
yes it does that is why it was covered to start with. Electricity and water
do not mix well! Put a tarp over it when it is raining. Build a quick frame
from scrap lumber if it is going to be for a while!
I'd think that it must depend on the equipment you have. My neighbor's pool
filter, pump, etc sit exposed to the sky and have done so for, at a guess,
20 years and everything still works fine. From that I'm fairly certain that
this particular equipment must be sealed for such use. Either that or they
are the luckiest people in the world and after their experiences with the
solar hot water and pool heaters I don't think that could be. Any chance you
can find documentation for the equipment? Perhaps from the company that
installed it originally or from the manufacturer?
PVC may not be your best choice, unless you plan on filling it with concrete
and some rebar. Here in the sunny South west Plastic only last a few years.
Steel, painted and properly installed will last forever. You already
mentioned the termites.
Some 1inch square stock would be a piece of cake. Small footings, a drill
and some 2.5 inch 1/4-20 bolts and washers. Once you put the roof on you
will never touch it again.
Just my view
I live in FL. My pump and filter sit out in the open. The motor has a loose
metal cover - it all just came that way. I guess it's sealed because we've had
it 12 years and there's been no problem.
Here in FL many outdoor things are made from PVC pipe. Next to termites, rust
may be our biggest enemy. Don't recommend using metal if you can avoid it.
On Sun, 13 Jun 2004 19:40:42 GMT, "Steven M. Scharf"
Most cities nowadays have an electrical inspector who goes out and
examines things like your pool pumps and lights to make sure they
conform to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Now, that doesn't mean
that yours does! Could be that the person who installed your equipment
was a jackleg electrician who didn't have a clue what the National
Electrical Code means. If if meets current NEC guidelines, the
equipment should operate just fine, and safely, exposed to the
elements. Why don't you have a licensed electrician take a look at it?
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