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    Distance Between Pool Drains

    Greetings...

    Having a gunite pool built here in Texas and the distance from center on the 2 main pool drains is 41"...

    Is that about right?

    Thanks
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    Re: Distance Between Pool Drains

    I'm not sure, but I believe the min. is 36". One of the experts will know.
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    Re: Distance Between Pool Drains

    The actual rule is a little bit tricky to explain. One way to simplify it is that a board 29" long shouldn't be able to cover both drain covers. That isn't exactly right, but it is reasonably close. Because this dimension has increased over the years, most builders put their drains further apart than that to allow for any future increases.
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    Re: Distance Between Pool Drains

    funny this came up. I just recently saw a picture of a pool with two main drains (parents were looking at houses to move). I had never heard of or seen that before. besides increased circulation, what is the reason for two? less suction so less chance of entrapment?
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    Re: Distance Between Pool Drains

    Yes. 36" is the minimum per most of the ones I've put in.

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    Re: Distance Between Pool Drains

    Perfect. Thank you.
    Pool: 24k, 38' x 19' x 24' Free-form IG Gunite with 24' Infinity Edge and Cantilever coping, SGM Diamond Brite Super Blue Plaster,
    Filter: Hayward C5025 Swim Clear Cartridge Pool Filter - 525 Square Feet
    Main Pool Pump: Hayward TriStar Energy Efficient Pool Pump 1HP - (SP3210EE), Hayward Pool Cleaner Booster Pump - 6060
    Infinity Edge Catch Basin Pump: Hayward TriStar Energy Efficient Pool Pump 3HP - (SP3230EE)
    Automation: Aqua Plus 40K Gallon Chlorination and Control - PL-PLUS (SWG)

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