Plastic is non-conductive
Because the plastic is not electrically conductive, the clips isolate the pieces of rebar from each other. Why is this bad?
An equipotential bonding grid is required around all swimming pools and spas. This includes ALL of the steel in the pool structure and surrounding concrete decks.
|Non-compliant plastic rebar clips - cannot be used around swimming pools|
Just because a salesman demonstrated their ease of use, and said that they were approved by the building codes, does not make it so.
If it cannot be proven that every bar is electrically bonded, then there exists a potential for electrocution.
This is exactly why epoxy coated rebar is not permitted for use in swimming pools - the epoxy (plastic) coating isolates each bar from the next.
Go ahead any use plastic rebar clips - if you want to pay to to remove and replace the entire pool someday. It's your gamble...
Paolo Benedetti, SWD, Principal
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa
International Aquatic Consultant, Watershape Engineering, Expert Witness, Hydraulic Designer, Landscape Design, Owner's Rep
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