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    Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Greetings everyone.

    I just upgraded from a 14' intex to a 16' intex. this one seems much better than the 14' model. I like how it has dual outlets. So I purchased this fountain Amazon.com : Intex Multi-Color LED Pool Fountain for Above Ground Pools, Fits Metal Frame and Ultra Frame Pools : Patio, Lawn Garden , but much cheaper. I went to install it and was disappointed to see that it doesn't allow you to install this as well as the return. Sorry for the rambling...so now my question. Does anyone know if you can have a dual return on an intex? Or will I need to run two pumps to do this?

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    Gabesdaddee
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    Re: Intex LED Fountain

    Sure you can, many members have done it. Just have to add a Tee to split the flow, maybe with some valves if you want adjustment.
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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Like this.

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffchap View Post
    Like this.

    Thank you both for your responses. The fittings for that tee that you created, are they off the shelf at Home Depot? Or do I need to special order them?

    Thanks,
    Gabesdaddee

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    I made it myself with parts from Lowe's actually (they had a better selection than Home Depot).

    The only problem is that the Intex hoses have a slightly different thread pitch on the collars than the PVC fittings. So you have to put an extra 1/8" rubber gasket in there to keep it from leaking. But once you do that and tighten it down, it is leak free.

    Here's what I used:

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Thanks for helping and sharing this. I feel dumb when it comes to plumbing.

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    I despise plumbing, but PVC is fun and inexpensive. If you screw it up, just start over.
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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    These adaptors are available to convert metric Intex threads to standard 1.5 inch plumbing fittings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Game-40mm-Sh...3D272221447890
    Intex 22' X 52" Ultra Frame AGP ( 12K gallons) , Intex 633T 2500 GPH (41 GPM) running Doughboy Silica II sand filter (16"dia. 1.4 ' S.A.) ( And doing it quite well, I might add!) Hayward through the wall skimmer, TF100 with Speed Stir. Hard plumbed, Intex fountain ...........

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Quote Originally Posted by philc View Post
    These adaptors are available to convert metric Intex threads to standard 1.5 inch plumbing fittings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Game-40mm-Sh...3D272221447890
    I didn't get notification that you responded to this. Thank you very much for the link to that since I tried it the other way and the gaskets were leaking worse than Bush's CIA.

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Please post pix/video when you figure yours out. I was gonna buy one here soon


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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Quote Originally Posted by Jkeo View Post
    Please post pix/video when you figure yours out. I was gonna buy one here soon


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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    The connections finally came in. Unfortunately, they leak a little bit. To the plumbers here, can I silicone the fitting since the Teflon tape isn't 100%?

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Okay, I finally got my fittings to stop leaking. How I did it, was by putting on a LOT of teflon tape as well as plumbing dope. I know it's not really made for this situation, but it was the only thing that stopped the leaking. Like I said before, I hate plumbing and my results aren't too pretty.

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Looks good!!
    Intex 22' X 52" Ultra Frame AGP ( 12K gallons) , Intex 633T 2500 GPH (41 GPM) running Doughboy Silica II sand filter (16"dia. 1.4 ' S.A.) ( And doing it quite well, I might add!) Hayward through the wall skimmer, TF100 with Speed Stir. Hard plumbed, Intex fountain ...........

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    Re: Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Thanks for this. I want to do similar.
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    Intex 28681EG / CS20110 Combo Sand Filter Pump & Salt Water System
    Intex Auto Pool Cleaner, Intex Wall Mount Skimmer, Intex LED Pool Sprayer
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    Intex LED Fountain ... help adding 2nd Intex return

    Woohoo did it and so far no leaks! The intex hoses screw on to 2" PVC threaded ends. Between the hose connection and the 2" PVC you'll need a rubber gasket to fill the gap. I used a bath shoe gasket from Home Depot and cut it down to size. Then use a 2" to 1.5" reducer to attach 1.5" PVC. Thread tape and hand tighten everything real well and so far so good!

    First photo shows what you will need except for 1.5" PVC pipe, PVC glue, and thread tape. In the center of the photo is the full size bath shoe gasket in the packaging and one to the right where I cut it down to size including the piece above that I cut off.










    PVC ball valve open all the way and Intex return plunger open all the way.


    PVC ball valve open all the way and Intex return plunger open half way.
    AG Round Intex Ultra Frame 16'x48", 5050 gallons
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