Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Pump not priming on timer...

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Denver, Colorado
    Posts
    97

    Pump not priming on timer...

    Hey all,

    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

    PVC Capped

    Pool shed distance and height from pool (door open)

    Pump showing drop from basket that gravity of water will cause loss of prime


    Cheers all...
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Re: Pump not priming on timer...

    What about a 2 speed pump? Our pool doesn't have such a drastic height difference, but it wont prime on low, I put it on high, prime it, then switch.

    Also, maybe you could move the pump closer?
    Jim

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Denver, Colorado
    Posts
    97

    Re: Pump not priming on timer...

    Can't move the pump close unfortunately. Have a large stamped concrete slab and everything is in the pool shed so I guess that will cost thousands to move around...
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Denver, Colorado
    Posts
    97

    Re: Pump not priming on timer...

    Are there any sort of 'weir' options in PVC that I could put at the skimmer end that would allow water to pass up the pipe to the filter but when gravity were to pull the water back, the weir would close keeping air out of that pipe and it full?
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

  5. Back To Top    #5
    spishex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Hillsborough, NC
    Posts
    1,375

    Re: Pump not priming on timer...

    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy
    Are there any sort of 'weir' options in PVC that I could put at the skimmer end that would allow water to pass up the pipe to the filter but when gravity were to pull the water back, the weir would close keeping air out of that pipe and it full?
    You could install a check valve. With the pump being almost 5' above water level that wouldn't be a bad idea. Looks like you've got a bit of water on the floor there by the pump too. If that's leaking from your shaft seal, housing gasket, or one of the drain plugs then you could be losing the water your pump needs to prime while it is sitting idle.

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Denver, Colorado
    Posts
    97

    Re: Pump not priming on timer...

    That's a drip from the return from the filter to the heater. I'm fixing that tonight....
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •