Did you know...
May. 2nd, 2006 @ 12:44 pm
that you can't run an appliance that needs 115v on 110v? Well - you *can*, but it'll make strange noises and generally just not work right. At least nothing blew up or caught fire.
So...now I wait for an electrician to call me back.
I didn't even know there were things that ran on other than 110 or 220. Huh. Learn something new every day.
I just want to use the pool! </whine>
I'm no expert by any means, but it's been my understanding that 110 is actually designed to handle up to 120... the voltage often fluctuates between 110 and 120, and it's all pretty safe unless it jumps up past 120 for an extended period of time. Jenny's stepdad, a former electrician, explained it to me like this: 110 is standard; homes are wired with 110 lines for normal stuff and 220 lines for your air conditioner, clothes dryer and the like. 220 is just two 110 hot wires. So if it pulls 115v, it should work fine on a 110 line, provided there's nothing else on that circuit.
Hmmm....there was nothing else on that circuit. I was using an extension cord (yeah, it's a no-no, but you do what you gotta do), but the backyard plug is on it's on breaker-thingy. The extension cord is a heavy-duty landscape cord, made for outdoor stuff, if that makes a difference.
The pump started right up, with 0 psi, and sounded a bit "funny". Not like the 1/2 HP pump on the ez-up pool sounded like (this is a 1 HP sand filter).
I need to check the voltage on the chlorine generator, too, to make sure we'll be good to go. (Then that's it on pool expenses except for electricity! Yea! for no chlorine tablets or chemicals!)
Ah, well - the joys of home ownership!
Ummm...ya'll *are* going to come out in June for Herself's birthday/pool warming party, yes? (6/17)
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