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    Return Plumbing

    Our pool builder wants to run (1) 2" line to our (4) returns and loop them, is that OK. I wanted dedicated 2" lines per return with ball valves at the equipment pad to balance flow, shut off a return, etc.

    Same for the spa, (1) 2" line to feed (8) jets, looped.

    He is plumbing the (2) skimmers back to pad in 2" dedicated lines. Not sure if he has ball valves there - do I want them?

    He also has the Polaris 380 on a 1-1/2" line, I think it should be 2"

    Let me know what you guys think, build has not started yet.
    26,000 gallon gunite IGP with 50 sq ft Spa, Jandy VS FloPro 2hp Pump, Jandy DEV48 Filter, Jandy AquaPure SWG, Jandy AquaLink PDA-PS6 Controller, RayPak R406A Heater, Polaris 380 Cleaner, completed April 2013

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    Re: Return Plumbing

    Looped is ok but if it were me, I'd want them all individually ran back to the pad. One reason for that is that if you ever had a leak in one of them you could just plug off that one and keep running. If they're looped you're down till you fix it.

    1½" for the Polaris is more than big enough.
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    Re: Return Plumbing

    I'm going to insist on the pool returns to be dedicated. How about the spa, is it OK to run (1) 2" line and loop the piping to the jets, I think he'd flip if I asked him to run (8) separate lines back to the pad with valves.
    26,000 gallon gunite IGP with 50 sq ft Spa, Jandy VS FloPro 2hp Pump, Jandy DEV48 Filter, Jandy AquaPure SWG, Jandy AquaLink PDA-PS6 Controller, RayPak R406A Heater, Polaris 380 Cleaner, completed April 2013

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    Re: Return Plumbing

    I'd want 2½" or 3" looped around spa. That's a lot of jets and spa jets usually require a good bit of flow.
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    Re: Return Plumbing

    Just wanted to point out that using pool valves like Neverlube or Pentair or Hayward is better than the basic PVC ball valves. The ball valves tend to get stiff and break. The pool valves have lifetime warranties and are rebuildable if there is ever a problem ... Although they cost a bit more.

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    Re: Return Plumbing

    Each suction line should have a ball valve so you can control each line
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