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  1. snow

    snow Guest

    My power to my pool pump is not working. In the garage I usually connect a
    plug/power line to a garage outlet. This power line runs to the pool The
    plug usually has a grounding plug adapter...the one that has the little
    metal thing on the bottom. I misplaced it this winter,
    so I plugged the cord in WITHOUT the grounding adapter and no power to pump.
    Is it likely the missing grounding adapter thing is the reaon I am getting
    no power. The outlet itself in the garage has powerb as I tested it and it
    works fine. Only other possibly is the pool outlet itself is damaged or
    somehow disconnected. , but I put in a new outlet last summer there.
    Anyways, I am not
    an electrical whiz. Any comments welcomed. The missing adapter seems like
    the obvious possiblity. I assume it needs this to be grounded correctly. I
    did not do the work, previous owner did it himself.
     
  2. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    I'd suggest you buy or borrow one of the cheap testers found in the hardware
    electrical department. They have three little lights on them, usually 2
    green and on red.

    You plug the tester into the first outlet. if you have 2 green and no red
    you are fine. plug in the next plug and move the outlet to the next outlet.
    2 green on and you are fine.

    If there is any other outcome it is time to call in qualified help.

    Using the ground lift adaptor on power to a pool is NOT a good idea.
     
  3. John Ray

    John Ray Guest

    Its *possible* that the neutral broke somewhere between the garage and pump
    and some jackleg used the ground to complete the circuit, but its really
    impossible to say for sure without much more info. The best anyone can do is
    to say that you REALLY need to have this looked at by a qualified
    electrician.

    John
     
  4. Roy Q.T.

    Roy Q.T. Guest

    From: (snow)
    My power to my pool pump is not working. In the garage I usually connect
    a plug/power line to a garage outlet. This power line runs to the pool
    The plug usually has a grounding plug adapter...the one that has the
    little metal thing on the bottom. I misplaced it this winter, so I
    plugged the cord in WITHOUT the grounding adapter and no power to pump.
    Is it likely the missing grounding adapter thing is the reaon I am
    getting no power. The outlet itself in the garage has powerb as I tested
    it and it works fine. Only other possibly is the pool outlet itself is
    damaged or somehow disconnected. , but I put in a new outlet last summer
    there. Anyways, I am not
    an electrical whiz. Any comments welcomed. The missing adapter seems
    like the obvious possiblity. I assume it needs this to be grounded
    correctly. I did not do the work, previous owner did it himself.


    You could check it with a receptacle tester and it will indicate any
    type of fault., but, you have not mentioned if it is even GFI protected.
    It sounds dangerous enough for me to tell you to have it checked out by
    a qualified person asap.

    Roy
     
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