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    Supporting PVC for AGP

    Gang,

    I've been staring at my flex-hose plumbing a lot recently, visualizing how I'm going to run my PVC piping when I hard-plumb it, and have a question; wouldn't I be better off to run the PVC from the skimmer and the returns to the ground so that the piping gets some support? My concern is the weight of the piping plus the water flowing through it possibly putting undue stress on the skimmer and return connections. I don't plan on burying it, but do plan on it resting on the ground. Or better yet, putting a "T" fitting in near ground to use as a combination 90 degree elbow and a support?

    Thoughts??
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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    If everything is glued and measured properly, it really should be able to support itself well (just dont lean on it ).
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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    Mike, having it rest on the ground will be better However, this also holds true of the hoses you now have The flex-hoses move when pressurized and can loosen the connections - the pvc will be more expensive and require unions to be able to disconnect them for the winter.

    Also think about the stress on the wall panel if the pipe is not supported

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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    My DH built some support brackets with 2x4s for a few spots. Is it the prettiest setup on the block? No and Yes - it's functional, tidier than all the prior flex hoses, not asthetically pleasing but we are the ONLY pool on the block (15 miles in either direction actually!) so we win the beauty contest anyway.
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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by NWMNMom
    My DH built some support brackets with 2x4s for a few spots. Is it the prettiest setup on the block? No and Yes - it's functional, tidier than all the prior flex hoses, not asthetically pleasing but we are the ONLY pool on the block (15 miles in either direction actually!) so we win the beauty contest anyway.
    NWMNMom, can you get a pic of the supports? I think all would be interested!
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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    Going to the ground with the pipe will need more elbows, making more resistance, right? I avoided that by keeping everything in line with the pump for a straight shot, then placing a 4x4 post underneath the piping in strategic places.

    I'v only had the plumbing there for a few days, so I don't know how well that is going to work. Perhaps some straps directly on top of the wooden blocks would help.

    IMO flex looks neater than pvc. At lreast mine looks ugly.

    I love the difference in function though. 2" pvc > 1.5" flex...
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    Re: Supporting PVC for AGP

    True, adding elbows does increase your head loss, but I would think it'd be negligible, given the short piping runs and the minimal # of elbows (3 or 4).

    Aesthetics really doesn't bother me. The possibility of a hose blowing off or hitting one with the weedeater bothers me. Plus, playing with PVC is fun!
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