In the case of serviing pool equipment there is NO direct burial
cable that meets code.
You can use a cable inside a dwelling but once you get outside you
usually need a conduit with an insulated 12ga or larger ground. Local
codes can make this rule tougher. Some AHJs want to see conduit all
the way back to the panel.
I didn't write article 680.21in the electrical code but this is what
(A) Wiring Methods.
(1) General. The branch circuits for pool-associated motors shall be
installed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, rigid
nonmetallic conduit, or Type MC cable listed for the location.
(MC is not listed for direct burial)
If you think it is unsafe, write a proposal to change it
There is every likelihood that you are correct, however his "above ground"
pool can be a "storable pool" if it's less than 42" deep. If so, only
sections 1 and 3 of
article 680 pertain . 680.21 is in sec 2 of the article
On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 16:52:59 -0400, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
It can be a storable pool but then it is limited to using "storable
pool" listed equipment. Most folks would rather do it the right way
and not have to use that mickey mouse stuff the storable pool industry
On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 20:16:31 -0400, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
A lot of people look at this and think it is a loophole to allow them
to hook up their AG pool without following part II.
The critical point is you can only use listed "storable pool"
equipment on storable pools. This tends to be just what the name
storable implies. "Storables" are pumps with 25' cords plastic body,
double insulated and low enough power that they can share a circuit
with whatever other loads a general lighting circuit outside may
carry. A lot of these smaller storable pumps just hang over the rim
of the pool. and use a filter the size of a beer can.
The mere fact that he is running a circuit out to the pool implies
this is not a storable pool and he wants a real pump.
not this crap
Again, I'm not trying to speak to the quality of a listed "storable pool".
There is nothing in the OP's description that tells me that it's not
storable. If it happens to be " storable", he does not need to run the feed
to the outlet in conduit. You made a blanket statement referring to 680.21,
I'm merely saying that it doesn't apply to storable pools, even if they are
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