I am getting an above ground pool installed and I need to install the pool pump circuit. I read the pool guide, but still have a few questions.
I will be running a new 20 amp circuit for the pool pump using 12/2 Romex to an inside metal 2" x3" outlet box. I will knock out the back of the box to connect 1/2" sched 40 PVC conduit with a PVC terminal adapter and locknut. I will then run the conduit at an 18" depth for a 95' run out to the pool. I will put a twist lock plug at 5' to 10'.
I am required to have a convenience outlet at 10' to 20'. I already have an existing outlet in the yard that the prior owner used for a pool that was taken down before we bought the house. It is too close to the new pool, so I was going to dig up the last 10' or so and move it farther away. In doing so, I discovered that this circuit is buried UF cable at about 6-12" depending on where I look. It has EMT conduit at the post and on the outside wall of the house, then to a J-box inside where it switches to Romex. When I dig the trench for the pool pump I will have to expose part of this wire, so the inspector will see it, and I do not think it is to code (not deep enough?).
1) I met with my local inspector when applying for the permits, and he told me that I did not have to use a GFCI breaker for the pool pump. He suggested that I just install a GFCI outlet in the outlet box on the inside or outside wall. This is clearly contrary to the NEC. Are these kinds of local deviations normal? Should I be concerned at all?
2) I am considering re-wiring the convenience circuit using the same 18" trench as the pool pump circuit. My question is how? Can I run this circuit in the same 1/2" conduit with the pool pump circuit? That would be a total of 6 wires for 2 20 amp circuits. As an alternative, can I run another 1/2" conduit in the same trench, parallel to the pool pump conduit?