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    Fafco panels and hose size

    What size do most people use for their solar panels and AGP. 1 1/2 or 2"?
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    We recommend that you use 2".
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    We recommend that you use 2".
    Do I need to buy one that is advertised with 2"? Any 2" setup are well over $50 more than the standard 1 1/2" setup. Can I simply buy adapters, since I assume that is what those other kits come with. I doubt the side tubes of the panels themselves are different, or are they? This is the best deal I can find from a store:

    http://www.nationaldiscountpoolsupplies ... plabg.html

    Unless someone knows of a better place??

    If I were to buy that one, I would just buy 2" adapters and hose, right?

    (I am going to the pool store to order the pool on Tuesday. Sorry for the dumb question, but what size are all the hoses for the pools?? If the standard is 1 1/2", then I will probably just stick with that for the first summer, especially since I do not plan to use PVC in the near future.
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    Also, I assume that the Solar Pro heater, which is the one under a dome, is not nearly as efficient?
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    I was also thinking, would it be better to NOT buy the one that I linked to, since it has a valve at the panel. Would it be better to buy a 3 way valve, and install it by the pool/pump?
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    I use 2 of the ones you linked to (Solar Bears) and plumbed in with 1.5", but they are lest than 10ft from the pool and on the ground. The valve is not an issue unless this will be a roof install
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    Re: Fafco panels and hose size

    Quote Originally Posted by dmanb2b
    I use 2 of the ones you linked to (Solar Bears) and plumbed in with 1.5", but they are lest than 10ft from the pool and on the ground. The valve is not an issue unless this will be a roof install
    Ok, so your's doesn't drain when not being used? Mine will be setup beside the pool, not on the roof.
    14.6K gal., 24ft, 54" above ground. 2HP, 2speed Hayward pump (4psi low, 18psi hi), 150sqft cartridge filter. 4x20 solar panel (6 psi).

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