Greeting from a So. Cal. Newbie to this group. I just had my old Anthony 1960 IG plaster pool remodeled this last summer (replaster, add a bench, and all new hardware and plumbing). It cost me about $15K (about $2.5K in out of pocket extras, aside from pool contractor covered work - pump, filter, heater, Jandy valve, etc.). I wanted a deep blue pool, which is why we picked a medium blue quartz. The pool guy talked my wife out of a dark color, and I never could convince her otherwise, so the contractor sprayed a mottled light blue quartz instead. Not what I wanted, and now my wife regrets letting him push her around, color-wise (turns out he was recently sued - and lost - for getting another customer's medium blue quartz job wrong, and he was afraid that I'd sue him if I wasn't happy, too). My bad for not sticking to my guns.
In any case, my original copper returns entered the pool at a sharp angle, and my pool used to circulate and skim great. On the new returns, in slightly different locations (newly drilled holes in the bond beam), same side of pool, the PVC returns were installed at 90 degrees to the pool wall. The pool didn't circulate at all, with the returns blasting water across the pool toward the opposite wall, where the "kidney" shape bulges in. I can actually see permanent continuous lines across the water surface, when the pump is running, where currents clash. My pool swirls in two vortexes now, with a zone on the skimmer side of the pool that barely gets skimmed, while the middle of the pool has floating debris that never leaves the middle. The vortex on the shallow end just goes round and round, never crossing the pool to reach the skimmer. A couple of bottles of Mrs. Stewart's bluing confirm flow patterns. The pool contractor said that this was good, how he did all his pool jobs (the original copper returns installed by Anthony never piqued his curiosity about their sharp angle of return). I read him the riot act about this and a quickset fouled skimmer weir that didn't float or skim. He finally installed eyeball returns, but I haven't been able to find any angle that gives me circulation. I seem to need a 80 to 90 degree angle on my returns. What do I do to get my circulation back? I fixed the skimmer on my own. Help!