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Thread: PVC - Better than flexible?

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    PVC - Better than flexible?

    I have been thinking about adding a liquidator to my above ground pool this year and from many of the posts on here I learned that it may be easier to install this if I had pvc piping. Right now I have the flexible tubes that came with the pool when I bought it used from another couple and we have only run it one season so far. I am wondering what would be the advantages/disadvantages to the pvc instead of my current set up? We have no heater or anything just the pump and filter. Thanks!
    Round 24' AGP
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    Sand filter
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    North Carolina

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    Re: PVC - Better than flexible?

    IIRC, the Liquidator requires you to drill holes into the PVC and attach tubing from the Liquidator to feed the chlorine into your system. Can't hardly do that with the flex pipe, although you could probably come up with an arrangement to use short pieces of PVC where you need the tubing attached, and use the flex hoses in conjunction with that.

    Other than the need to drill the holes as mentioned above, PVC is in general a much hardier material than the flex hoses and can stand up much better to the rigors of everyday life. Having said that, I still use the flex hoses that came with my AGP. I find it gives me a little bit of leeway when setting up my pump and filter.
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    Re: PVC - Better than flexible?

    I actually have the liquidator installed on my pool with flexible hoses, clear braided pvc hose, regulare schedule 40 pvc and some couplers. I will take a picture of it and post it later this evening.
    Nicole

    21' AGP (10,400g)
    Hayward PowerFlo Matrix dual-speed 1HP pump, 75 sq ft Waterway cartridge filter
    4G Liquidator, Aquabot POOL ROVER S2-40

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    Re: PVC - Better than flexible?

    Ok, I have some pics. It may look unorthodox, but it works and everything is leak free. I am going to try a modification using larger tubing to see if I can increase the flow.







    Hope that helps.
    Nicole

    21' AGP (10,400g)
    Hayward PowerFlo Matrix dual-speed 1HP pump, 75 sq ft Waterway cartridge filter
    4G Liquidator, Aquabot POOL ROVER S2-40

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    Re: PVC - Better than flexible?

    It does help. Thanks!
    Round 24' AGP
    13,500 gallons of cold water
    Sand filter
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    North Carolina

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