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    Solar Heater Plumbing?

    Hi, my pool builder is installing 38' Moroccan fiberglass pool in April. This is a "basic" installation, e.g. no spa, no heater, etc. I know I will be installing solar panels next year. Should I have the PB plumb for the solar feed/return with valves now or should I not worry about it until I cross that bridge?
    Question #2: Control is EasyTouch 4 w/ic40, can I use the ET to automatically setup run times for the solar heater? If so, how many actuators would I need and what would be the basic plumbing?

    ...just tying to think ahead...
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    Re: Solar Heater Plumbing?

    It really doesn't matter if he installs the stub outs or not, but do make him aware of it so he can route the plumbing so you don't have to completely reconfigure it when you get ready to install the solar.

    I can't answer about the automation but you'll need at least 2 actuators for the solar. You can get by with one on a three-way valve, but using two is better IMO.
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    Re: Solar Heater Plumbing?

    We only have one three way actuator( GL-235 controller), however we do not have full automation. Like dave said 2 actuators would be better. Look at our solar install in the sig bar to give you ideas of set up. Hope this helps
    5,775 gal, IG free form, Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish, 2 swim out benches, Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues, StaRite Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter replaced with Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15, Polaris 360, Pentair 300w Light upgraded to Pentair IntelliBrite (OMG what a huge difference) , Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers, solar cover, TF-100 test kit, Pentair Deck Jet, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer (Makes testing a breeze), Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Margarita Concoction Machine,
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