1. ## Looped returns

I read in another post from a PB that he always "Loops" his returns.......What does that mean???

2. ## Re: Looped returns

It means that when you run the lines that return water back to the pool, you create a loop all the way around the pool. Without doing this, some of the returns will have higher pressure than others and your pool may not circulate as well.

3. ## Re: Looped returns

Originally Posted by n8scstm
It means that when you run the lines that return water back to the pool, you create a loop all the way around the pool. Without doing this, some of the returns will have higher pressure than others and your pool may not circulate as well.
Still not clear to me. Is it one loop with each return branching off of the one loop?

Thanks, gg=alice

4. ## Re: Looped returns

If you are looping, you want one continuous loop of pipe all the way around the pool. The water coming from the pump and going to each of the returns branches off of the loop with a T connector. Ideally the lines going from the loop to each of the returns should be relatively short and all the same length. The loop pipe must also be relatively large compared to the final diameter of the return eyeballs.

Looping is not the only way to balance the returns, nor does it work perfectly in every possible situation. Still, it is a simple solution that is easy to use when there are many returns without requiring any calculations.

5. ## Re: Looped returns

Thank you for the explanation......makes sense to me, I'll ask my builder what he does.

6. ## Re: Looped returns

Originally Posted by Mixman1
Thank you for the explanation......makes sense to me, I'll ask my builder what he does.
Me too. Thanks

7. ## Re: Looped returns

I've also wondered about looping (in a theoretical way, I'm not about to rip up all my flagstone). Is this assuming you'd have returns all the way around? Mine are on one side, it's hard to imagine the benefit of running all that extra pipe in that case.
--paulr

8. ## Re: Looped returns

You don't have to loop around the pool if your returns are all on one side; you can make a loop on a single side of the pool.

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