15 or 20 amp?

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Old 03-23-04, 11:12 AM
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15 or 20 amp?

I am trying to install a new outlet in my yard to power a pond pump. How do I know if I need 15 or 20 amp outlets? Is it ok to use 20 if I only need 15.
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Old 03-23-04, 11:42 AM
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Will this outlet only power the pond pump? If so, probably will only need 15A, depending on the pump motor. I gather this will be somewhere away from the house, thru the lawn to the location where the pond will be. If so, that line will have to be buried underground, I would try to run it thru a conduit (PVC) probably and depending on your location and elec code, probably at least 18" in the ground. A GFCI will be needed for the recepticle. Are you planning on tapping into a circuit from the house for that line or running a whole new circuit? Maybe some other pro's here can provide more specific info. Im not an electrician, but Ive done all of my wiring myself...and the house is still standing...
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edit. Sorry I didnt see your earlier post about extending an outlet from an existing one, in reference to this post. So the cable is already underground.....
 
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Old 03-23-04, 11:57 AM
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Thanks Jatco. Does the wire have to be underground. I was told
(by the guys at the hardware store) that I could just enclose the wire in conduit and run it behind the top of my retaining wall.
 
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Old 03-23-04, 12:39 PM
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"Thanks Jatco. Yes it is an ourdoor box with a cover.
It is an existing outlet. I am trying to run a line from it to the other side on the yard to install another outlet to power the pump."
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Ok.. hense the focus on your 1st thread re: the wiring of your existing box.
http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...hreadid=162995
 
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