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    Question about my new plumbing

    Today the builder ran the plumbing for our new pool. They are using all 2" plumbing. I have the following equipment: pump, cartridge filter, heater, Goldline cell SWG. (Details in my sig).

    I'll try to describe the plumbing as it was too dark to get a pic by the time they left.

    Separate main drain and skimmer line to a 3 way jandy valve. From 3 way Jandy valve thru a check valve (with clear window) into pump. From pump to filter. From filter thru flow switch to heater. From heater thru check valve (no window) to cell. From cell to returns.*

    What puzzles me is in the box of equipment delivered to be installed were 2 on/off jandy valves that they did not use. Should they have used them? Where would they go if so?

    It seems to me there is no way to cut off flow from pool to equipment. The three way can open both skimmer and drain, just drain, or just skimmer. But there is no way to close it off completely.*

    Thanks,
    Mike
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    Re: Question about my new plumbing

    Typically you can bust the cam stops off the jandy valve and point the off tap towards the pump. This will close them both.
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    Re: Question about my new plumbing

    A check valve on the suction side of a pump is usually considered a mistake. It should have gone on the pump's exhaust side. If you are in an area where the pool needs to be winterized, the annual ritual of removing the check valve's top with the flapper and turning it will eventually cause stripped screws, worn o-rings, or broken hold downs.

    While racket mentioned breaking the tab on the handle, I usually loosen the screw and lift the handle over the stop.

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    Re: Question about my new plumbing

    It is worth having a check valve in that location if the pump is more than two feet above the water line.

    The extra valves were probably intended to go on the return lines, so you could adjust the flow between the two (or more) lines.
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    Re: Question about my new plumbing

    Thanks for the responses. I live in central Texas so I'm not to worried about freezes. I have a single 2" return line that feeds 3 eyelets with short (~foot) 1.5" lines. Not as good as 3 separate return lines but the pool is only 3900 gallons.

    Here is a night shot of my plumbing. After reading the "dear mr. pool builder" thread I asked that they space out the equipment. Originally they were planning on only using about half of the 2nd pad, so the heater and filter would have been together on one pad.

    3900 Gallon (18 x 8.5 x 5) Partially In Ground Fiberglass Pool -- 2" Schedule 40 PVC -- Hayward P4 Controller -- Goldline Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Salt Chlorinator -- Hayward 2 Speed Max Flo II 1 HP Pump -- Hayward SwimClear 225 sqft Cartridge Filter -- Hayward 250K BTU Natural Gas Heater -- Endless Pool Fastlane Swim Machine -- Cover Pools Manual Track & Reel Security Cover -- TF-100 Testkit

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