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    to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Hello Friends,

    I am about to update my plumbing to install my new pentair variable speed pump. I going from 1.5 to 2 inches above ground only.

    I have a question regarding one of my two skimmer. Since my space is very tight, I am planning in plugging one of the two skimmers to make my piping job cleaner. Will I be at a disadvantage by eliminating the extra skimmer?

    Please advice,

    George
    22k plaster pool kidney shape. Pentair 4000 de series 48 ft. 2 SKIMMERS, 2 drains (pool and spa), 3 returns (2 pool and 1 spa) gas heater and pentair intelliflow , Underwater pentair light.

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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    I'd think you are going to end up with a skimmer full of stagnant water that will be a mess.

    I can't picture a way that plugging a skimmer would help with the plumbing. Do they both run all the way to the pump? Do you have a drain? Maybe if you could post a picture of your plumbing or a drawing it would help.
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    I'd think you are going to end up with a skimmer full of stagnant water that will be a mess.

    I can't picture a way that plugging a skimmer would help with the plumbing. Do they both run all the way to the pump? Do you have a drain? Maybe if you could post a picture of your plumbing or a drawing it would help.
    Thanks for getting back to me so fast.

    I am including an image of the current state of my plumbing. I also including an image of what I had in mind. Please advice if my design is good. In the image with the manifolds, there was a little mistake with the labeling of the direction of the flow. I am using the idea of the manifold connections only for reference.

    Please advice,
    George
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    The pictures seem backwards. The first picture has the skimmer connection, and the second being near the filter would probably be the return connection.
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    The pictures seem backwards. The first picture has the skimmer connection, and the second being near the filter would probably be the return connection.
    Thanks for getting back to me,

    the first picture with the d.e. filter is my current connection. The three low copper pipes sticking out with the male fitting are coming from the pool and go to the pump. The two high copper pipes are the lines going to the pool.

    George
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    I would not abandon a functional line. If you need help 'tightening up' the plumbing with it still attached, I'll help.
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    I would not abandon a functional line. If you need help 'tightening up' the plumbing with it still attached, I'll help.

    Thanks,

    I do need help. First, is the manifold connection optimal for connecting the suction? Second, is there are any suggestions for my present set up of two skimmers and one spa drain?

    Please advice,
    George
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Ummm... what's the second pic?
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    Re: to plugg or not to plugg the extra smimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    Ummm... what's the second pic?
    Hi,

    the second picture is a plumbing job from one of this forum's member. This is the way I want mine to look.

    Please advice,

    George
    22k plaster pool kidney shape. Pentair 4000 de series 48 ft. 2 SKIMMERS, 2 drains (pool and spa), 3 returns (2 pool and 1 spa) gas heater and pentair intelliflow , Underwater pentair light.

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