A solar contractor did an electrical service upgrade. It shows huh. What the contractor didn't know was that SoCal Edison replaces open three wire drops with a triplex drop. That reduces the clearance required above the pool to 12'. So now Edison will show up and discover that they need a 20' step ladder to get to it.
Edison has an easement of 10' which is 5' on either side of a property line. So no matter what happens with the easement, the 12,000 volt lines at the top of the pool shall never be over a pool at any height. I find violations a lot. Mostly with existing pools so there is no recourse available. So what about new construction? Obviously this pool is way under the lines. It was not caught at the pre-gunite inspection so there is nothing that I can do about it now. It is in my area and another inspector approved the pre-unite. That other inspector had to come back and take this job to the final approval. This is a good example of why so few people in the department like me.
A guy that's sharp with electrical stuff has disagreed with me on GFCI requirements for pool pump motors. I require GFCI protection on the pumps and lights when a service is upgraded. He says that's wrong. I am there to inspect the service and that's where it stops. I'm sorry but you'll need rope to make that happen.
Whatever the scenario may be, I can back you into a corner and make you install GFCI breakers. So you say that the old service didn't have GFCI protection. Excuse me but did you reuse the old circuit breakers? I didn't think so. New breakers have to meet current code. What other code can I toss out on this new service because the previous service didn't have it?
Why would I believe you about the old service? You're telling me that previously there was a code violation. Oh but the existing service was approved as was the pool, you say. Well then, That was how many years ago. Nineteen was it? That's three or four pump motors ago. The last pool cleaner that changed the motor should have installed GFCI if she wanted to be code compliant. Shirley you are starting to agree with me.
And as Tommy the oldest Henderson boy said, "Here's the thing about that" I have made it happen for years. As much as people fight me on code calls, nobody has gone to the mat with this one. Think about it. Tell an owner that you won't do a correction because an inspector pulled it out of his.... with the alternative being possible dead people.....who's gonna come out on top of that.
I'm not kidding about nobody fights me...well they complain but it always gets done. Even the really dumb ones just do it. I suppose they ask me if it's in the code and certainly I say yes. As I have demonstrated, it is in the code. The reason people upgrade electrical equipment is to make it safer. That's the only benefit. It doesn't make the garbage disposal run any faster. The lights didn't get brighter. Safety is the goal
How do I tell the solar contractor to move his equipment because it is too close to the pool?
They did get it right.
The correction stated, "Install a GFCI receptacle that is labeled WR" The WR means weather resistant. They did this.
If your pool equipment looks like this, there is a problem. The timer is not rated for a 20 amp circuit and no more than a 1/4 to1/2 hp. motor.
If you can see one of these, it is installed wrong. It must be below the water level of the pool.