I have a new pool but the pool builder did not return to show us how to use everything. I am not sure which way to turn the handle on the valves for water coming from the skimmer and the main drains. I know which valve controls the main drain and which controls the skimmer but I am never sure if we are reducing the flow of water or increasing it. Below are the pictures of my equipment pad and valves.
In the second picture the valve to the right is the one that pulls from the main drain. I don't feel much water pulling from the main drains but from what I read on this forum that is by design and normal. I only touch this when I vacuum. We were told to turn the main drain off when we vacuum. In order to do that the handle is in line with the pipe to the right and the little u shaped pointer is pointed to the left. Is that correct.
The other valve to the left is the one pulling from the two skimmers. The guys who opened the pool said to turn the handle so that the handle part is catercorner with the tail lower right and the front pointing up and left. Where should that handle be pointed to have equal water pull from the skimmers. Can I make one skimmer pull more or when I adjust that valve am I just lessening the pull from both skimmers.
I am reluctant to fool with these too much because I don't want to do anything to the pump, like shutting off all the water flow at once. Can that happen. I would think that there would be some kind of ON and OFF markings on these valves. They are capable of turning almost all the way around.
I wanted to mark the pipes and the valves when the builder opened the pool for the summer (it was built last fall but not used) but he only sent two men who didn't really speak English.
Thank you so much to anyone who can take the time to explain this to me so it makes sense.
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