Studying up on a variety of topics for this summer, going to try and tackle adding solar heat panels, hard plumbing and a DIY sprinkler fountain all in one project.
I'm reading up on various pump dynamics (pressure, volume, head loss, etc) and I'm wondering if there's any opinions on whether a flow meter is worth throwing into the mix?
I'm looking at the Blue-White flow meters and for +- 50 bucks they seem rather easy to install, and I believe such a unit would replace a lot of calculating should I need to determine proper pressure and other such numbers.
Or am I taking all this a bit to far?
PS, I've got a 1 hp pump, I'm planning on 160 square feet of solar heater, the length of 1.5" pipe from filter to first point of contact going TO the solar would be an estimated 35' - that's to the "front" of the panels, to the back end would be about 50' or so. The panels will be on the garage so water will travel vertically for about 10'.
Last summer was the first with a pool and my pump was running 10 or 11 psi (going by memory) with about 20' of 1.5" pipe between filter and outlet directly.