I feel like my questions are very basic, but I trust the advice I get here more than what they'll tell me at the pool store, so here goes!
I have a Hayward single-speed 1.5 hp Super Pump. On the body of the pump it says "Self-priming", but on the semi-transparent lid over the basket it says "Fill with water before starting pump." That seems like a contradiction to me, but I know nothing about pumps. Should I pour a bucket of water in there after cleaning out the basket before restarting the pump? The guy from the pool store said not to, but that was before I noticed what's written on the lid. What does "self-priming" mean?
I don't clean the pump basket often, but I feel like I should check it every other week or so to see if there's any debris in there.