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    return flow

    Does my return eyeball need to be pointed away from the skimmer to push the water around pool or towards the skimmer? I have read conflicting reports, and I'm not sure. Thanks!
    24 x 52 Round AG Outback Empire Pool 13,500 gal.
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    Re: return flow

    Your eyeball needs to be aimed whichever direction that produces the best skimming action of the pool. some pools need them pointed toward the skimmer and some away from the skimmer. I've seen the recomendation of using ping pong balls to aim the eyeball(s).

    Ours is turned away from the skimer so it creates a counter clockwise circular motion toward the wall.
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    Re: return flow

    Thanks, that is how I've been running mine. I just seem to get a lot of pollen and dirt spots on the bottom and was wondering if maybe I was doing it wrong. Other than that my numbers are always spot on and the water is crystal clear. So I guess the the old saying applies "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
    24 x 52 Round AG Outback Empire Pool 13,500 gal.
    1 HP Hayward Power-Flo pump w/Hayward 18" 150lb. sand filter
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    Re: return flow

    I have mine aimed away from the skimmer (Counterclockwise) and angled slightly downward. This has been very successful for me and actually drives minor debris up from the floor of the pool and eventually into the skimmer.
    ~21 ft Round
    ~52 inches high
    ~11,500 Gallons
    ~Hayward EC50 DE Filter and a 1hp pump. Flow Rate of 50 GPM

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    Re: return flow

    Hi, I'm new here and I have a question about this. I think I know what the eyeball is you're talking about, but what I am wondering is how do you have the eyeball on AND your skimmer as well? My skimmer hooks into the circle thing the eyeball is on. So the eyeball isn't on there because I had to take that part off to hook up the skimmer.
    Pool Size: aprox. 17000 gal.
    Filter Type: sand (Tahitian-model HR-25), circa mid 80's
    Above ground pool
    Pump: 1hp Maxflow
    Flow Rate: 68 gpm

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    Re: return flow

    What type pool do you have?
    All the three posters so far have permanent above ground pools with side wall skimmers.
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    Re: return flow

    it's the above ground intex pool 18'x48".
    Pool Size: aprox. 17000 gal.
    Filter Type: sand (Tahitian-model HR-25), circa mid 80's
    Above ground pool
    Pump: 1hp Maxflow
    Flow Rate: 68 gpm

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    Re: return flow

    I have also wondered if there is an "ideal" for round AG pools. I point mine slightly away from the skimmer. It does create a bit of a counter-clockwise motion to the water which does two things in my pool. It causes heavier crud to concentrate on the floor in the center of the pool...this makes sweeping very easy. It seems to make floating debris drift outwards towards the skimmer.
    Peter
    21' X 52" above ground
    1 HP Hayward Power Flow Matrix Pump
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    Re: return flow

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnpondr
    it's the above ground intex pool 18'x48".
    If its the same as my Intex then the inlet and return are identical. The eyeball physically fits on both but should only be fitted on the one where the water returns to the pool from the filter.
    32'x16' rectangular Intex AGP, std Intex pump/cartridge filter.

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