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    Pros and cons?

    What are the pros and cons of hard plumbing skimmer and return in on an AP?

    I would like to do it so it is a cleaner looking installation than the flex hose and I can't really see any drawbacks to it but want to ask. I know there are things this first time pool owner is overlooking.

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    Re: Pros and cons?

    The only cons are the cost.
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    Thanks Isaac!

    Anyone else?
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    No leaky hose clamps, longer lasting. If you use valves and unions, make winterizing much easier.
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    I don't see any other cons than the cost as Isaac mentions. I have an AG and went with flex PVC pipe just to make things a bit easier. I used unions as mentioned so I just break the unions and bring the pipes in for the winter. Being flexible they are easier to store. You may not have those considerations in OK.
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    Thanks banditig and Pauls234!

    Im gonna switch once the kids are done swimming, the water is 72 and they're still swimming nearly every day
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    The cons are cost and doing the work. I PVC'd everything except skimmer to pump, maybe I'll do that next year...
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    Re: Pros and cons?

    Thanks for the input Ryan!
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