I've been messing around with the timer on the pump to save a few dollars and unfortunately, could not get a prime after the shutoff period. I noticed duraleigh mentioned his pump is about 4.5 feet above the pool and he has the same problem.
The previous owner used to run the pump 24/7. I'm trying to avoid that and he mentioned it was the only way he could get the water to stay clean (He used Baquacil). I'm now BBB so thought I could try taking the running time down to 8 hours and seeing how the water reacted...
In a nutshell. My pool shed is about 4 foot above the pool line. There is 32 foot of PVC from the Skimmer in the pool to the filter. To get it to prime, I have to insert a makeshift pipe into the suction line of the skimmer, fill the filter basket of the pump up with the hose, then cap the end of the makeshift pipe to allow the 32ft of PVC to fill. Close pump basket lid tightly, turn on pump, then run quickly to the makeshift pipe and remove for this to prime.
It's a Hayward 1.5HP pump. Are there any options for me or will I have huge bills every month from running it 24/7 too?
Any advice on your format duraleigh please....
Would a 2HP pump cause enough suction up the pipe to get it to prime so I can use the timer on/off options?
Here's some pictures of my waffle above..
Makeshift PVC inserted
Pool shed distance and height from pool (door open)
Pump showing drop from basket that gravity of water will cause loss of prime