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    Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Hi. As it turned out our booster pump was doing more than leaking. It was not working. We had someone replace it with a new one. This install does not look correct to me though. When I look at other installs, they have hard pvc pipe. Does this look correct or should I have him redo it? If redone? How should it be done correctly?


    Also, how can I tell if I have a GFCI installed? I am worried about that too. Thanks!
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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Where is the cartridge filter?

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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Our filters are at the end of the pool under the baskets
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    The plumbing looks to be well done. I don't like the look of that electrical cord however. Electrical should be in waterproof flexible conduit (which is what the main pump appears to have).
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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Can someone show me a picture of theirs so I can see what it should look like? Is this something that they should have done on a a traditional install or should I have asked for them to do this extra? Thanks!
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Booster pump installations usually use flexible piping just like yours has. Like Jason said, the plumbing look good.

    On the electrical; was the old booster pump hooked up with that wire? If it was then the installers just reused what was already there. Changing the electrical feed to the pump wouldn't have been in their scope of work. If you want it to be right you'll have to hire an electrician or DIY it. The booster pump electrical hookup should look similar to your main pump hookup.
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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    This is exactly how ours is hooked up too... flexible hose and red clips. Doesn't seem to be a problem at all. However, I do agree with the other guys on the electrical cord though just laying out on the ground. Seems like alot of potential for something bad happening to that wire...

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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Thanks everyone for your input! I will attempt to DIY a cover for the electrical....now where do I find more info on that? I am assuming DIY electrical piping will get me some feeds on here. Any other links would be appreciated.
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    That looks like UF cord running to the pump, if so it is suitable for underground burial, the depth will depend on your local codes. You could run it underground from the source then terminate it at the the pump to come out of the ground covered in conduit like your main pump is. The guys at you local box store or electrical outlet should be able to assist you with what you'll need. Though, if you are not real familiar with wiring and safety involved, you might be better off hiring it out since there are dangers involved to those using the pool and servicing the equipment if it's not done properly. I also don't see a bonding wire attached to the pump.
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    Re: Does this booster pump install look correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrswhitsie
    Our filters are at the end of the pool under the baskets

    Can you post a picture of those? I've never heard of these unless you're using hot tub type filters?
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