*****EDIT - Just finished the job, SEE MY LAST POST for pics and parts list.**************
I was encouraged by the other thread in this forum regarding hard plumbing my setup. I don't mean to ask to be spoon fed, but I am not a plumber by any means. I know how to prepare, prime, and glue pvc pipe, and that's about it. I would like to use a ball valve at the skimmer basket. I don't think I need one at the return, but then again, maybe someone could give me insight on why I might want one there too. I don't think I will tackle the piping from the pump to filter quite yet. I'll get my feet wet with this project first.
Also, somebody mentioned a "hayward union kit" for hayward pumps as a way to reduce "unions".
Sorry to blabber but I don't know what I need as far as being able to remove this setup for winter storage. I guess my problems are with the unions. Do things get permanently glued to the skimmer? return? I have pics of my current setup. And would be greatly appreciative if a kind soul could help a brother out in times of stupidity and maybe offer up some guidance, offer up some close up pics of your setup. Thank in advance for any and all help.
BTW- Don't care about ball valve in pic, if it can't be used in new setup ... oh well. As you can see in pic that its threaded one side, and slip on the other.