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    My funky pool plumbing second edition.

    A new to us and much larger filter going in.
    The nozzle was such high velocity that it was dangerous so I am installing two nozzles to reduce the velocity a bit. I got them in but it was after dark so I will have to get pictures tomorrow.
    It turns out inch and a half male adapters are extremely hard to find right now.

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    I have worked on many pools, pumps, filters and heaters. Let me know if you need assistance.
    I'm not young enough, to know everything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieseldude View Post
    I have worked on many pools, pumps, filters and heaters. Let me know if you need assistance.
    I could use an extra set of hands and some brain cells.
    This was me returning two bags of PVC fittings because I bought all 2 inch and needed all 1.5 inch.
    I returned them for store credit and went back and bought all inch and a half fittings and completely forgot T's and male adapters. I ended up making a third trip to home cheepo.

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    Always available, just draw something and send it, my dad, uncle and grandpa were all pipe fitters. I learned by osmosis.
    I'm not young enough, to know everything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieseldude View Post
    Always available, just draw something and send it, my dad, uncle and grandpa were all pipe fitters. I learned by osmosis.
    Thanks. I appreciate it.

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    Last time I put a lot of unions but I didn't put them where they would assist with alignment of the pipes. This time I am trying to think that through better.

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    A very good friend on the left is a pool builder. Typically they do freeform fiberglass walls but this one is traditional.
    I think this pool is in the 70k range. I've helped him on many different jobs and lots of heater service calls. It's a fascinating trade but way to labor intense for me. Another friend I work with often dug the hole and took this picture from the excavator.
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    This is the freeform style
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    That is really cool.
    Our pool was built by a local guy at least 30 years ago and was made in sections which were bolted together. Eventually they got fiberglassed together due to leaks so it is one piece now.

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    Here is my progress. It is plumbed from the strainer up through the pump to the filter. Now I just have to get it back from the filter to the bypass fountain and then into the chlorinator and to the two jets.
    I went with an inline chlorinator because I got tired of floaters breaking and just throwing blocks of chlorine in the pool didn't seem to help much.

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    The old filter was 1.4 ft² of effective filtration area and the new one is 2.2 ft² of effective filtration area. I am hoping that will help bring the pump discharge pressure a little lower because with the old filter it was 25 PSI. That pump is a monster.

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    I was just getting this finished up so I could finish filling the pool up and fire up the pump today and I am one foot short so I'm having to run to home Depot to get more pipe.

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    Ugly as sin but functional.

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    I rigged it up with a inline chlorinator and today I finally got everything to stop leaking. The clorinator included an o-ring on the control knob that was too small so I had to use a automotive AC o-ring that was a little fatter to get it to seal. The pipe going vertical just before the black chlorinator is a fountain that sprays out over the water for the kids. Initially I thought I might use it for cooling the water when it was starting to get too hot I would run it at night to evaporatively cool the water but I find that I don't need it. The pipe that runs over the side of the pool beside the skimmer basket is just a second suction because the pump is so large. The new filter gives a filter head pressure of 18 to 20 psi clean.

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    I am trying to decide between a Wi-Fi timer or a simple mechanical timer.
    I was looking at the one below.
    https://www.amazon.com/DEWENWILS-Out...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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    Ironically the mechanical one locally is double the cost of the Wi-Fi one online. I was going to buy the mechanical one locally if it was cheaper because I like spending locally but the price and the fact that I would prefer Wi-Fi control. It is hard to justify the mechanical one.
    I need to check what my local pool store has because I really don't like spending my money online.

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    Hey 600...

    I bought a house with a concrete inground pool a few years ago...
    Had to learn about pools from scratch.

    Here are a couple of things:

    This site:
    Troublefreepools.com

    They are the guru site...
    LOTS of tech articles and a forum...
    This is where I learned.

    Next: Get a salt chlorine generator... it is like night and day... no more burning skin and burning eyes, the chlorine smell almost goes away.

    Next: Get a high end pool chemical testing kit, and do the full tests... it is fun to play with... and when you do the testing as recommended... and keep a log... after a year or so, you learn a HUGE amount about pool water chemistry!

    Next... Leslie's pool supply stores have a 'pool school' class... it is one day, costs a couple $hundred. You get a pool service certification... You could add that to the services you offer... I did the class, easy if you pay attention in class.
    I have about a dozen customers (hand picked, I do not advertise this service)... where I go 'open up' their pools, before AC season starts...
    Easy $$$...

    Now that I have posted, will keep an eye on your thread... see if I can help with stuff...
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    *The value of comfort, over the long term; leave economic choices behind!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Hey 600...

    I bought a house with a concrete inground pool a few years ago...
    Had to learn about pools from scratch.

    Here are a couple of things:

    This site:
    Troublefreepools.com

    They are the guru site...
    LOTS of tech articles and a forum...
    This is where I learned.

    Next: Get a salt chlorine generator... it is like night and day... no more burning skin and burning eyes, the chlorine smell almost goes away.

    Next: Get a high end pool chemical testing kit, and do the full tests... it is fun to play with... and when you do the testing as recommended... and keep a log... after a year or so, you learn a HUGE amount about pool water chemistry!

    Next... Leslie's pool supply stores have a 'pool school' class... it is one day, costs a couple $hundred. You get a pool service certification... You could add that to the services you offer... I did the class, easy if you pay attention in class.
    I have about a dozen customers (hand picked, I do not advertise this service)... where I go 'open up' their pools, before AC season starts...
    Easy $$$...

    Now that I have posted, will keep an eye on your thread... see if I can help with stuff...
    That's pretty cool I never thought about offering pool services.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R600a View Post
    That's pretty cool I never thought about offering pool services.


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    Oh, one more thing...

    Inyo pools... (search it)...

    Best deals on pool parts and equipment.
    Lots of articles and videos on how to take care of a pool.
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    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Oh, one more thing...

    Inyo pools... (search it)...

    Best deals on pool parts and equipment.
    Lots of articles and videos on how to take care of a pool.
    That is a nice website. Thanks.

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