'lectrical question.

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  1. Apr 13, 2011 #1

    Hack

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    Let me start this off by stating that I am a Mechanical Engineer. I know enough about wiring to avoid killing myself, and have done a bunch of wiring in the house, but all under guidance of my friend, who is a very talented and licensed electrician.

    Here's my question: Can I wire a pump as shown below? The switches use the same hot input, and the neutral is from the same circuit. One or BOTH switches could be on at any given time.

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  2. Apr 13, 2011 #2

    JoeD

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    No problem. Allows you to turn on the pump from two locations and both have to be off for the pump to stop.
     
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    Your diagram is showing the hots as two separate sources.
    If this is the case, you may have concerns with backfeeding the hots when/if both switches are on and in addition, you may have issues with sharing the neutral between two non-adjacent phases.
    I suggest you call your friend.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2011 #4
    Use a single power source with two three way switches. Instead of two power sources with two single pole switches.
     
  5. Apr 21, 2011 #5

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    Sorry for the confusing drawing, There is only one circuit. The two hot's shown are the exact same hot.

    I've got a more sophisticated diagram now. I want to have two relays to start the pump, the first being a pump start relay, and the second being a z-wave appliance relay. The pump start relay will start the pump when the irrigation controller calls for water. The z-wave relay will allow me to turn the water feature on/off when I want to.

    The only unknown right now is which "blue" wire from the z-wave relay (LFM-20) is hot and which is neutral. I ordered the z-wave relay and will test to figure that out...I wouldn't want to wire this up incorrectly.

    Make sense?

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