Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™
Pools as an art form - the way it should be!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Swimming Pool Expert Witness

Swimming Pool Design and the National Electric Code.

NEC 680

Though section 680 deals specifically with swimming pools and spas, this is not the only section that applies to swimming pools.  This is where most swimming pool builders, watershape consultants, aquatic designers and even pool equipment manufacturers stumble.  

They fail to familiarize themselves with the rest of the NEC, and those sections that also apply to swimming pools.

Major Failing

One major failing of pool pump manufacturers and pool contractors who install these pumps, is the failure to provide notice of the requirement for or the installation of, the appropriate service disconnect.

The NEC states that any permanently installed motor larger than 1/2 horsepower (data plate rating), may not utilize the circuit overload interrupted (aka: circuit breaker) as the service disconnect [NEC 430.109(B)].

The NEC specifically identifies the acceptable type of service disconnect required, depending upon the horsepower of the motor
[NEC 430.109(C) & (D)].

When was the last time that you saw a service disconnect switch between the control panel and the pool pump motor?
This 30A Square-D service disconnect can handle up to 7.5 horsepower and 1 or 3 phase.  This unit is rated for indoor use only.

What your contractor does not know CAN HURT YOU!

Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist 
"Creating water as art."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa © 
You may contact Paolo Benedetti at: or at 408-776-8220

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wounded Warrior's swimming pool - Aqua Magazine September 2014

The article below tells the story, but there is a lot more to building a pool and backyard for a Wounded Warrior who served our country so unselfishly.

As a young man of 26, Brian has not come to realize how his sacrifices have positively impacted the lives of those he comes into contact with.  My trivial problems and ailments pale to those of Brian's.

Since starting this project, Sgt. Brian Jergens, U.S. Army Ret. and his wife Jennifer have become good friends.

When I'm in town, I do not mind receiving text messages "Starbucks?," where I work on my laptop and he reads and hangs out.  I know that he just wants to get out of the house.  Sitting around all day can drive one stir crazy.

I've tried to break the monotony of his days, by challenging him to take his on-line hunter's safety exam, taking him flying and introducing him to friends who's schedules allow them to just "hang out with him." Though he still has lingering medical issues and daily challenges, he continues to persevere. 

Our desire is to provide the Jergens' with a project that will provide some daily distractions and a source of exercise.

Wounded Warrior - AQUA Magazine, September 2014, page 82:
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Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist 
"Creating water as art."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa © 
You may contact Paolo Benedetti at: or at 408-776-8220