Honey, please check my wiring!

Pump motor, originally uploaded by trekr.

The old pool pump motor gave up last week. I would’ve loved to have the local pool company fix it, but they wanted to redo the entire pool. I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. So I decided to fix it myself.

Well, not exactly by myself. I had some help from my wife the electrical engineer, and my brother who has touched every piece of industrial air handling equipment ever made in the last two decades. All I needed was a little more knowledge to get the parts.

A few Google searches later, and I’ve figured out the difference between a square and a C frame, a threaded vs. keyed shaft, high and low voltage motors, and how to match the impeller to the motor horsepower. I placed an order online and viola! Two days later, Brown delivers me a Chinese made fractional motor at a fractional price. We’re off. Initially, I wired it up incorrectly, but a quick call to my brother and some QA from my wife and we are pumping !

No Yellow Pages, no driving all over town, no haggling, no hassles.

4 Responses to “Honey, please check my wiring!”

  1. Joe Says:

    Now you can fix everyone else’s in town too!

  2. Jacqui Says:

    Thanks for the credit….I think!…..SOME help? Ha.

  3. admin Says:

    OK, you’re calling me out … Initially I wired it all a**backwards and nearly shut down the grid until my wife helped me read the wiring diagram!

  4. admin Says:

    A buddy emailed me about the rusty screw in the photo … Hey, you gotta love the rust because it proves to me the Chinese are really capitalists in disguise (Do you remember rusting cars before the 80’s ?)

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