Since the summer season here in the northeast US is waning, I just wanted to post about a customization I made to my system this season that worked out very well. I replaced the PE, PVC, and ABS pipes around my pump and filter with clear rigid schedule 40 PVC pipe. The installation was easy, and the payback came in droves. When I operate the pump valve and motor control, I get instant feedback on what is going on. I don't have to run to the return or waste line endpoint to see what is happening.
I bought the pipe for about $20 plus the solvent. Also, the old school Hayward S240 filter has a clear polycarbonate dome on top that also helps. The 70's era S240 I had at my previous house did not, and I appreciate the 3 decades old upgrade. LOL.