In this article, I will first explain why then how to bond an above ground swimming pool. After answering some frequently asked questions about pool bonding. Then I will break down the steps and help you figure out what
In the video below I show you how to install a skimmer bonding plate and explain a lot of what is also on this page.
This is a safety measure to prevent accidentally getting electrocuted or seriously injured. By creating a field around your swimming pool
Lastly, it is the law! Local state and federal building codes require all permanent above ground pools to get correctly bonded.
A lot of people mistakingly call this grounding the pool; While that is somewhat true, bonding is a little different. Have you ever seen a bird land on power lines and wondered why the bird wasn’t electrocuted? It’s because the power does not pass through the bird, and this is why we bond above ground swimming pools, to prevent getting electrocuted.
If the bird could reach a different potential, like a ground wire or a wire with a different current/potential, then current would flow through the bird, and it would fry like a piece of chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Maybe Popeyes for you Southerners. The bird would act like a conductant creating a link from one potential to another.
Imagine you had one hand on the swimming pool or in the pool water, and your other hand was touching a pool pump that was electrically shorting out, you could get hurt or dead. Having the field or bonding wire keeps everything neutral.
Time needed: 1 hour.
How To Bond An Above Ground Swimming Pool
- Determine how much #8 bare solid copper wire you will require for the job and how many bonding lugs.
For round pools, take the diameter of your pool and add two feet, then multiply by 3.14, finally add 25 feet to that. If you have a metal deck consider adding another 20 feet to touch it in two to three spots.
The skimmer bonding plate and the pump come with bonding lugs so you may only need four more to connect to the pool frame or wall.
- Gather supplies
- Dig a trench
You need to dig a trench twelve inches from the pool wall and six inches deep to lay bonding wire.
- Install Bonding plate in skimmer
Your new bonding plate will come with instructions. The type I order from amazon requires me drilling a 3/16th hole.
- Attach bonding lugs
You may need some hardware to attach lugs as they do not come with any. They want you to use a bolt and nut to attach lug to frame or pool wall. This requires drilling a hole, so I usually just use a stainless self-tapping screw and have only been made to replace them once with the “required” hardware. I don’t like putting holes in the pool wall so I
ususllyconnect to the bottom wall track or any other metal framing.
- Connect copper wire to all points
Now just run the wire around to all those bonding lugs.
Conclusion – How to Bond An Above Ground Pool
Water and electricity are a dangerous combination, installing a pool bonding wire helps mitigate the danger. Even if you have a temporary pool like an Intex pool, please take the time to install a proper dedicated GFI service and bond the pool and equipment. I will be glad to answer questions in the comments below