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Re: More on well pump wire

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Kirk Grau

02-17-2013 07:30:49

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Run back to the supply house/Lowes/Home Depot and pick up a 4 or 8 circuit load center, seems like it should set you back about $30 plus the breakers. Think of it like a little sub-panel and wire your circuits from there.

Others will chime in with other options, but this would be my approach. Gives a little future flexibility if you decide to wire a receptacle out there some day. I am assuming your pump controls are at the well if you are able to change power source as you are. If pressure switch is remote, might have to rethink.

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John in la

02-17-2013 08:18:32

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 Re: More on well pump wire in reply to Kirk Grau, 02-17-2013 07:30:49  
Yes the pressure switch is in the pump house.
In the past I only had 220 out there (2 hots and a ground) and it was hard wired to the pressure switch. The breaker in the main panel protected the pump and all the wiring running out to the pump.
I guess I could have (should have) installed a A/C type disconnect box out there but never did.

Now that I am old enough to be installing stuff the kids will have to deal with I take a differant out look on how I do it.
A little sub panel with a 220 breaker for the pump; and a 110 breaker for the light; future receptacle sounds like the way to go.

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02-17-2013 11:06:43

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 Re: More on well pump wire in reply to John in la, 02-17-2013 08:18:32  
Good man for running a neutral. Too many people here still think a connection to ground is the same thing. The neutral wire out in the pump house is not supposed to have any connection with the ground. Ensure that there is not a bond screw in the neutral terminal block. A ground lug on the well casing and #6 bare copper up to the ground lug and green wire in the breaker box is good. Some jurisdictions also want a 10ft ground rod driven in and connected to the breaker panel as well. Not a bad idea if there is work being in or around the well casing.

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