My wife and I purchased our house 3 years ago, and it came with a pool that is roughly 20yrs old. Last year we replaced the liner and purchased a new safety cover. This year, it is time to replace the pump and filter. I have some specific questions related to the equipment, pad location, and plumbing. I have been reading this forum for about three years, and greatly value the knowledge of its members.
18x36 in ground, about 28k gallons
2 skimmers, and main drain in deep end
3 functioning returns, 1 closed off (assuming it is for a cleaner?)
1.5 inch piping
Hayward 2400-Z2 Filter
1 hp motor, but cant read the model on the pump
Now for my questions:
1) First off, my equipment pad is currently 24ft from the closet skimmer (deep end). Unfortunately, when you walk in to our back yard, it is the first thing you can see. I know I can attempt to hide it, but would prefer to move it against my fence and out of view. Would moving it an additional 15 ft further from the pool cause any issues (if moved, it would be in the neighborhood of 50ft from the closet skimmer)? Would the pump/filter still function adequately? Assuming it is ok to move the equipment, and being that the new equipment will come with 2 inch fittings, does it make sense to convert the 1.5 inch line to 2 inch right away (where they currently terminate), or continue with 1.5 inch pipe to the new location and go to 2 inch when it comes time to attach them to the equipment?
2) Does anyone see any issues with the equipment? I am thinking of purchasing to replace the existing?
Pump: 1 HP Pentair WhisperFlo WF-4
Filter: (I am assuming the 2400 on my current Hayward means 24 sq ft) Reading these boards, more filter is better, so thinking of going with the Pentair FNS Plus – 48
Multivalve: Pentair 2 inch for DE Filters (#261152)
3) In the image below, can I replace that valve with a Jandy 3 way? Why is the one return line going back to the pool before the valve? Could that be for the one I mentioned earlier that is closed off?
4) What is the pipe in the image below called? I would need a new one as it would need to be 2 inch
I have never attempted a project like this before, but am somewhat handy, so hope I can pull this off. Thanks very much, and I am sure I will have more questions based on the feedback received.