Monday, 3 November 2014

Avoiding an Electric Shocker in the Pool

Everybody knows that water is a nasty conductor of electricity; safety from jolts, therefore, is of paramount importance when you’re installing swimming pools right at home. If you are thinking of getting one for your property, here are some pointers to take heart.
Some pooling experts state that grounding a swimming pool requires learning more about equipotential bonding. It involves using a single roll of bare copper wire to link together all pool components in a bonding grid and ensure that the pressure around the pool will remain constant.

The bonding grid is linked to metal parts such as the handrails, ladders that extend down to the water, and even any reinforcing metals in the patio. As a rule, all metal components within one and a half metres of the pool should be part of the grid, which will be set up before the pool is complete. Multiple copper lugs also firm up the linkages. You will need to crosscheck the bonding requirements with an electrician and your pool provider.
The Shock… Not Really
If the pool area was improperly bonded, you can feel a slightly powerful jolt from any metal object you touch, up to three volts. However, the sensation can be amplified if there are slight gashes in your skin.
A well-bonded swimming pool will help protect you and your loved ones from an electrical problem, even if the area is lit. Make sure that your pool service provider will be able to give you that protection.

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