I bought a home with an above ground. I'm noticing the way the pump and filter are hooked up and I'm not too sure about the procedures and connections.
1. Inside the pool the discharge and skimmer box are about the same level, I notice there are no valves on the pipe that runs from the skimmer basket to the intake of the pump and the valve that runs out from the filter to the dischage on the pool. The homeowner left some valves, but they were in their bags never opened. If I try to open the cleaner basket on the pump, water starts to shoot out. So this leads me to believe valves should be at least before the pump and after the filter, is this correct????
2. The base for the pump and filter cracked and seperated. I removed it and threw it away. So the pump is laying on the concrete paver stone and the filter is sitting on another concrete paver. Should I at least make some sort of "wooden" base for the pump? The pump dosen't move off the pad or anything when I turn it on....?
3. What material should I use for the screwed in couplings on the pump connections and the filter connections. I was thinking teflon tape? But is this correct?