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    New to pools, fountain install help

    As the title says I am a new pool owner. The house was a bank repo so I have no history or information about the pool. I did have it inspected and everything restored to proper working order by a local pool company once we took possession. My pool has a vinyl liner and has two return jets on one side and one return on the other. I had to buy new eyeballs and collars for all three jets initially so I know they are 1.5" threaded. I do not know the exact size as I haven't measured it yet.

    So, bought a pool fountain from Amazon (Splash-A-Round Pools SEC385 Waterfall Spray Pool Fountain) intending to install it on the "extra" jet. My problem is the fountain has male threads and so does the part coming out of the pool wall. Do I need a coupler or should that male threaded part come out to reveal female threads? I've done some searching on these forums and have seen examples of what my return looks like. But, I'd like to be sure before I go taking things apart and possibly causing me to break something I can't fix myself. TIA for any and all help.

    return_small.jpgfountain_small.jpgeyeball and collar_small.jpg

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    Re: New to pools, fountain install help

    Hello and welcome to TFP! If I'm looking at the pics correctly, the bottom pic is your pool's return jet eyeball and the middle pic is the connection fro your new fountain right? Not sure if that new one comes apart.. If not, perhaps just a threaded female coupler would work? Your return jet doesn't leave a lot of male threads sticking-out, but perhaps just enough to get a "bite" on it with a coupler?

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    Re: New to pools, fountain install help

    Thanks! I've already learned so much reading the stickies.

    I could have done a better job labeling the pics, sorry. Your understanding of the pics is correct. I was thinking coupler as well but the lack of threads you mentioned also concerned me. And, no, the fountain part doesn't come apart.

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    Re: New to pools, fountain install help

    Instead of trying to attached the fountain to the outside threads on the pool return, I wonder if you could find a straight tube/piece that would slip "into" that return nice & snug for more stability? Then attach the fountain to that piece instead.
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    Re: New to pools, fountain install help

    I was able to get my fountain installed without a coupler. I dropped by a local pool place today to look for a coupler and showed them my pictures. They told me that threaded part on the return should come out and it did.

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