I have bought a REAL pump for my Intex pool this year. The one that came with it stills runs after three years using it which seems NOT to be the norm. This specially wouldn't be since I have to run it 24/7 it seems. I live in south Texas where my pool in the summer seems to be more of a spa then pool. Going in after work for a cool dip is not exactly what happens(water at 92 degrees) We bought it for my daughter who is now 14.
Anyway back to the pump it's a Hayward super flo pump with filter combo made for above ground pools. The guy in the Leslie's pool store told me that most Intex owners buy this pump to replace the intex type. Since my pool is a 15" pool the wall holes are smaller than the larger intex pools. As most people know in the 15" pools the intex pool returns in the wall are only about an inch at the biggest but my new pump has 1 1/2" hose fittings. I managed to rig it all up with the input hole to the pool above water level to see the pressure. I primed the pump and made sure the water was flowing but once it started it quickly ran out of water to work correctly. It actually threw water clear across the pool hit the wall with force and then went to a two foot like turning on a water hose pressure. My Intex pump can throw water maybe three feet at most this way. I cut holes and fitted plumbing to a large cooler last year and attached it to my return with a hose and hose on the other side to my pump. I would freeze water in 3 liter plastic coke bottles and put them in the cooler and a bungie cord around the cooler to keep it closed. It would cool the water down some for the pool. I thought for some stupid reason I could use this for my new pump and the water in the filled cooler would be enough to work the pump while the pool's return would keep filling the cooler enough ...well...the water shot out again hitting the other side of the pool until about 10 seconds later the cooler was empty. I was told by some pool stores to add a "Y" fitting and either put a hose over the top...once the pump starts pulling the return water it will pull on the one over the top...or hard plumb the "Y" to the return and drain plug for water flow!All this to keep from cutting larger holes in the returns and maybe messing up the soft liner. HELP ME PLEASE!!!