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    Bread: even the pros use it

    When cleaning the filter basket of my water feature pump, I thought it was just normal for a bunch of water to come rushing out when popping the lid. I got pretty quick at it: pop, remove, replace, clean, pop, install, replace, done!

    But apparently that's not supposed to happen. It turns out my builder forgot to install a valve on the suction side of the pump that you can close.

    So their pro plumbers are out this morning adding such a valve. They came by with a variety of equipment:
    • Hack-saw[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • Valve[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • Lengths of PVC pipe[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • Primer[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • Cement[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • Swim goggles[/*:m:1dqrym7m]
    • and a loaf of white bread. [/*:m:1dqrym7m]


    One guy swam down, removed the main drain cover, and got busy with the bread while the other guys worked at the pad.

    Wow.
    I laugh—to disguise the tears.
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Wonder Bread is best for plugging pipes. Very malleable, and the lack of fiber helps it dissolve and pass through when the work is done.

    I did a lot of copper plumbing when we remodelled a bathroom at the scout camp and was taught that trick. We needed the pipe to be dry to sweat on a new fitting. So, shut off the water, unsolder the existing or cut into it, pack it full of wonder bread and get to work. Turn of the water, open the tap, and little lumps of goo come out.
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Ditto, a handy little tip

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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    And here I have been using it for toast and sandwiches all these years...
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Quote Originally Posted by dorpo75
    And here I have been using it for toast and sandwiches all these years...
    Me, too! I thought they were gonna talk about making 'mater sammiches
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    I have used bread during installation of irrigation sprinkler pipe to keep dirt out. It works great - when you turn on the system it flushes all the bread out.
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    My system does not have this valve either. Each time I clean the filter basket most of the water runs out of the basket as well. I haven't worried about it thus far. When I turn the pump back on it takes a few seconds for the pump to prime (I always open the air valve on top of the filter until all of the air is gone), but it seems no worse for the wear. Should I be concerned?
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Quote Originally Posted by HouTex
    My system does not have this valve either. Each time I clean the filter basket most of the water runs out of the basket as well. I haven't worried about it thus far. When I turn the pump back on it takes a few seconds for the pump to prime (I always open the air valve on top of the filter until all of the air is gone), but it seems no worse for the wear. Should I be concerned?
    I'd wager there's no real need for concern, save for saving on water.

    My equipment pad is a few feet lower in altitude than the top of the pool surface which means putting up with a LOT of water every time I opened the pumps' lids or the leaf catcher lid. It was really annoying, but the builder was willing to correct it for free, which is mainly why I went ahead and asked for it.

    (Meanwhile, I hope the number of bread particles floating around has gone down today!)
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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Heh heh!

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    Re: Bread: even the pros use it

    Two ways to remedy this problem when pump system is below pool:

    1. Ball valve (open and close each time)
    2. Inline Check Valve (automatic) (as long as you orientate properly) This only happened once....I swear!
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