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Thread: DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

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    Apr 2015

    DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

    I've been trying out the Heatsavr liquid pool cover for a couple of months now and must admit that it actually works pretty well. I have a 500sqft pool about 30 miles East of Los Angeles on top of a hill. Gets breezy and I've been losing about 1/2 to 3/4" per day to evaporation. Summer water temp in the mid 80's. Now I've been putting an ounce of the liquid per day in the pool manually, and have noticed a HUGE reduction in evaporation (albeit only minimal heat increase overall). I now am losing only 1/8 to 1/4" per day with a couple degrees increase in temp. Basically, I'm sold on the system. I can get 4 gallons on Amazon for about $250 shipped but the big problem is to automate the dosing. The Heatsavr people have a custom peristaltic pump injector that will dose the pool automatically, but it's about $300 and I'm cheap!

    I'm going to attempt to build an injection system cheaper (seems easy!). I ordered a Chinese DC motor peristaltic pump on Ebay for $10 and will control it with a timed relay in my Jandy RS8 controller via a small 12v transformer. Now I need to get a check valve that I can screw into my pool return line and inject the Heatsavr thru it. For now, my question is: what kind of specs should I be looking for in a checkvalve? It will be feeding fluid (at low unknown pressure) from the peristaltic screwed into the return line to the pool (again unknown pressure). I've seen many cheap valves on Ebay but can any of you tech guys make a recommendation?
    30k gallon pool w/spa. iAqualink IQ20-RS, Jandy All Button +Spa control, Pentair IntelliFloVS plus 1hp spa booster, Hayward Navigator poolvac.

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    Aug 2014
    Near Montgomery, AL

    Re: DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

    I've never dealt with a liquid pool cover, but I use a peristaltic pump to inject liquid chlorine/bleach into my return line. I use a Stenner UCDBINJ injection fitting that has a duckbill check valve built in. I bought it a few months ago, I think it was about $15-$20, but I just plumbed it in about a week ago. The first thing I did was to connect the check valve to the pump and make sure the pump would overcome the resistance of the check valve. Then I put a T connector in the return line, screwed the injector/check valve into it, and ran the pool pump for a while. I didn't see any leakage through the check valve. Then I just connected the output from the pump, and it's been working great since then. As long as your pump connects to 1/4" tubing, I think that check valve/injector would work fine.

    11,500 gallon 14x28 IG vinyl pool, 3/4 HP FloPro Pump, CS200 cartridge filter, Polaris 280 with booster pump. Testing with Taylor K-2600 test kit and adding liquid chlorine with a Beta DR-2000 peristaltic pump.

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    Mar 2015
    Sugar Land , TX

    Re: DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

    I run a Stenner fixed rate pump and do not use a check valve, just the injector fitting screwed to a return line. If you are worried about water backing up the peristaltic pump rollers will stop that.
    8500 gallon IG Pebble Sheen with Spa. 3hp Pentair VS Intelliflo ( pool ), 3/4 hp WhisperFlo ( water feature ),Pentair Racer, 400K Pentair heater, Pentair 500sqft Cartridge filter, EasyTouch 8, Stenner 45mp2 15gallon wired to ET8

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    Jun 2014

    Re: DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

    Still, is wise to have a check valve installed in case the pristaltic pump rubber tube fails.
    South of France inground rectangular 17k pool - ruber membrane. Sliding dome, black thermal blanket covering 75% of the pool surface. Aqualux 3/4Hp pump, glass media sand filter, Zodillac robot, 110W UV-c lamp, Hayward brominator, Caliente 12kW heat pump.

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