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    Getting rid of booster pump

    As the title says. I currently have three pumps but want to go down to 1. I upgraded to a variable speed 3 hp and went from a pressure sweep to a vacuum. I am very happy with it so I want to eliminate the booster pump at least. I am just not sure what to do about the plumbing line from it. I am afraid if I just cap it the stagnant water in the line can create a problem.

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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    Have the same question. Had I known about robots, I would have told the builder not to install the booster pump and associated plumbing for it.
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    I don't see myself ever going to a pressure sweep so I want to clean up my equipment pad. Any advice would be great
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    I have a booster for a Polaris that I use as a back up for my robot. Got to have a back up - think about it. Anyway, the water from the main pump goes right through the booster when it is not running and if I wanted to remove the booster all I would have to do is put piping in it's place.
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    Quote Originally Posted by ned8377 View Post
    I have a booster for a Polaris that I use as a back up for my robot. Got to have a back up - think about it. Anyway, the water from the main pump goes right through the booster when it is not running and if I wanted to remove the booster all I would have to do is put piping in it's place.
    Good point on the back up. I don't have one now but if I get a back up it will probly be vacuum so I still shouldn't need the booster. I don't know why I didn't think about just connecting the plumbing straight through. I'm new to pools but not plumbing
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    i have fountains on my pool that i am adding on to the main pump so my question is should i use a tee with 2 actuators or a 3 way valve with 1 actuator
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    With a three way you won't be able to turn off both fountains--one of them will always be on.
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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    Quote Originally Posted by barnnns1 View Post
    As the title says. I currently have three pumps but want to go down to 1. I upgraded to a variable speed 3 hp and went from a pressure sweep to a vacuum. I am very happy with it so I want to eliminate the booster pump at least. I am just not sure what to do about the plumbing line from it. I am afraid if I just cap it the stagnant water in the line can create a problem.
    It seems to me all you need to do is connect the input pipe on your booster to the output pipe on the booster. Remove any "door" at the pool end, and you end up with another return. Water will pass through it, just like any pool return, so it can't go stagnate.

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    Re: Getting rid of booster pump

    Quote Originally Posted by bizzle View Post
    With a three way you won't be able to turn off both fountains--one of them will always be on.
    its one line that feeds 3 fountains. the other would be the return back to pool.
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