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    Return jet directions

    So here's my current setup. I put ping pong balls into the pool last night. One at each corner and one in the middle by the steps. They all made their way out at some point, but as you can see by the pink dots not a single one went to the skimmer. What do?
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    Re: Return jet directions

    I would point J2 toward the steps and J1 along the other wall towards J2 to try and get a circular flow. Where does the wind come from predominantly?
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    Re: Return jet directions

    Try angling the returns so the water flows clockwise. You have to do something to get the debris from the step end to head towards the skimmer.

    The outer ring loosens and then the eyeball itself can be swivelled. You might need some heft channel-locks to grip the outer ring if it hasn't been moved in a long time. Also a nice thick rod/dowel/pipe inserted in the eyeball opening helps a great deal when tugging it into position and for holding it in place while you cinch the ring down. A screwdriver might be too thin and place too much stress on one edge of the eyeball.

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    Re: Return jet directions


    hmm, what is the wind direction? if the wind is blowing over the skimmer towards where the red dots are that would explain it. That has a lot to do with surface debris going into the skimmer. You could make a piece like I did for jet #2 that would push the water more counter clockwise..

    this sticks out about 3 inches but it works great
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    Re: Return jet directions

    These Amazon.com : Pool and Spa Eyeball Jet 1.5 Garden do a similar function as I had to make them work with a less than desirable eyeball/skimmer/kidney shaped pool circulation issue.
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    Re: Return jet directions

    While attempting to change my eye ball direction in jet 1 the **** thing broke. Now part of it is in my hands and part of it is stuck in the hole and I can't get it to unscrew. Thoughts?


    My pool: ~22.6K gallon. 16'x32' with 8 foot deep. 10 year old vinyl liner (prayers)
    Century A.O. Smith UST1202 56J C-Face 2 HP Single Speed Up Rated Pool Filter Motor, 19.6/10.4-9.8A 115/208-230V
    Hayward S244T ProSeries 24" In- Ground Sand Pool Filter

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    Re: Return jet directions

    Try inserting a pair of pliers handle side in and spread them apart and unscrew.
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    Re: Return jet directions

    Quote Originally Posted by rosslamon View Post
    While attempting to change my eye ball direction in jet 1 the **** thing broke. Now part of it is in my hands and part of it is stuck in the hole and I can't get it to unscrew. Thoughts?


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    Wedge something sharp and wide, like a wood chisel or a trowel, into the remains and then turn it with pliers or a crescent wrench.
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