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How to Wire a Waterfall and Switch


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring a Waterfall to connect a single pole on-off switch to the GFCI to shut off the device instead of unplugging it when..

Wiring a Waterfall and a Control Switch 

Electrical Wiring Question: I have a water fountain connected to a GFCI and have been asked If I can connect a single pole on-off switch to this GFCI to shut off the device instead of unplugging it when we turn off at night.
Is this possible to do with a on-off switch to GFCI

This home electrical repairs question came from: Mike , from Chicago, Illinois

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Mike

Electrical Wiring for a Waterfall

Controlling a Waterfall with a Switch or Automation

A waterfall is typically supplied with power that is protected by a GFCI circuit or GFCI Receptacle. The wiring is installed in protective conduit or direct burial cable. A switch may be wired to control the waterfall either before the GFCI Plug or after. You may also choose to control the waterfall with a switch inside the home, or even a timer switch. If you really want to get fancy you can add an automated control device, such as an X-10 or other Home Control where you can add special programming features. Other features may be added for more gardening enjoyment such as lighting as well.

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