I replaced my intex ultraframe pool 16' x 48" with a new one this week. I discovered during last step of install, that, in order to comply with Virginia Graeme Baker Act, my new pool has dual suction outlets, via 2 small clear 3/4" thin hoses are connected to a ("dangling" in mid air) inlet fitting which connects to a 1 1/4" white hose going to pump. *Not sure of hose sizes, don't noticed sizes mentioned. Measure inside or out?* I would have preferred to pay much more for a new old stock intex pool same as my previous one, had I any warning of the hose changes. (description, packaging the same as 1 outlet pools, a generic 12' - 26' ultra frame pools). I wish to find a larger thicker hose to cut / cover the thin clear ones prior to completing install, ??? they are so thin & there is no longer a cut off valve between pool & thin clear hose. Some outer protection may at least protect exterior from ??? Taking down not happening, too much work, not enough help, 05/07. Anywho:
My first question is: will the dual hoses divide the pressure being sucked out of the pool. (my 1600 gal sand pump was more than adequate to vacuum, use skimmer with the 1 suction outlet). Wondering what gal sand pump will provide close to that same amount of suction through 1 of the 2 hoses going out into the 1 hose. I purchased a new 2800 gal pump, (knowing the pump that comes with intex won't filter well enough for my needs), its on its way, will that be enough? Is it simple math, or more complicated? I have no clue.
My second question is: I have had 2 salt systems, 1st worked great until cracked due to age. replaced with a 2nd I thought was the same performance wise, just looked a little different, yet it never did it's job. Only recently did I notice reviewing the spec in the books of the 2, there are 3 differences I hadn't noticed prior. Amperage o.5a vs 1.1a, wattage 65w vs 125w, maximum chlorine output/hour 5 grams vs 12 grams. The 2nd comparison being the one happy with til cracked. Probably a stupid question, but is my assuming that the higher numbers in 2nd comparison is the reason for the better results I got, as I purchased another one like my 1st, on its way. (Looking back at the descriptions of both previous purchased, they both say work for the same size pool. Yet specs weren't provided. I just trusted them).
I have only filled my pool up to the suction outlets, as I wish to find a remedy for fitting adapters to use my skimmer, vacuum, etc. Searched intex for parts, not much help as no sizes are mentioned, only part #s. Hoping to find someone who may have already remedied the size adaption. Another reason for staying with intex, is that I have stocked up on extra hoses, parts, etc. just in case. Now they won't fit as is.
Btw, my neighbor is experiencing the same exact situation (replacing an intex with a dual suction outlet pool). Hoping others' may have advise after switching also.
Thanks in advance for your time & information, michelle