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    Pop-up pressure issue

    Hi All,

    First off, thanks for all the info, this site is great.
    So I have an issue I need some advice on. My pool was built in the 80's I think, and the placement of the pool equipment isn't exactly how I would have done it. It sits off to the side, but in the middle of my yard sort off. So I am planning on relocating the pool equipment back about 6 feet, and pouring a concrete slab for it. I am constantly fighting grass and weeds around my equipment, so I'm planning on running the pipes up through the concrete, and have a nice clean install.
    While I'm re-plumbing I thought I might make some changes to the equipment. I have always had an issue with the pop-up's where they don't really work well unless I close my side return jets. In addition I have a gigantic (looks like a giant black cannonball) filter. So I was thinking of maybe replacing the filter and the pump to get more pressure to the pop-ups, so I could run the returns at the same time, and also save some space by having a more vertical filter, then the giant one I have.
    So I went and talked to the pool store guys, I guess to remind me why I don't go talk to the pool store guys. The pool store had a 3.2 ft2 sand filter for pretty cheap (270$). It was a top mount port, instead of the side like I have now. I was talking to the guy, and he said 3.2 ft2 filter was way too small for my pool since I had in floor pop-ups. He also said I didn't want to go with a top mount valve, because it puts too much pressure on the filter. The pressure comment amazed me, since from my reading it appears to be a blatant lie, however I would prefer the side mount anyways because of the ease of plumbing. He then said all pop-ups require at least a 2hp pump to operate well. I asked him about service factor, and how that plays into it, and he basically said that doesn’t matter much at all. I tend to agree on the needing more pressure, but seems like he might need to go to pool school on the service factor comment.
    I put my pool information below and the different options for the filter and pump separately. Just interested in some basic advice. I have an obvious gap of information when it comes to feet of head. It’s been on my to do list to calculate, but I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet.

    Pool Information
    • ~9,000 gallons
    • Current pump 1hp 1.65 SF single speed.
    • Current filter unknown brand, but looks like a giant cannon ball. Pool store guy said it is probably a 4.9 ft2.
    • Pop ups are Paramount pool valet 6 port (4 zones), with brand new gear/valve assembly.
    • Normal filter pressure with pop ups and return jets open ~10 psi
    • Normal filter pressure with only pop ups on ~20 psi.
    • 2” pipes in and out. The pop ups drop down to I think a 1” before it hits the gears.
    • 2 Return Jets, and a max of 3 pop ups per zone.
    • Feet of head – I haven’t done the calculations on this yet, but I will try and gather something together.


    Filter Options:
    • Keep the same filter.
    • Replace the filter with another 4.9 ft2 filter.
    • Replace the filter with a 3.2 ft2 filter, which my research shows should be big enough for the pool, but I’m not sure how this effects the pop ups.


    Pump options:
    • Keep the same pump (1hp, 1.65SF), and just run it with the side return jets almost off and most of the water re-entering the pool through the pop ups.
    • Replace the pump with a 2hp pump and cringe every time I see my electric bill.
    • Add a booster pump to just the pop ups to get the pressure high enough.
    • Replace the pump with 2 smaller pumps, ˝ HP maybe? I’ve read this is even more energy efficient then some variable speed pumps. I’ve also read this can be a real pain in the butt, but it sure sounds cool.
    • Bite the bullet, and buy a variable speed pump, and explain to the wife that it’s all worth it while we eat our ramen noodles and wash our clothes in the pool. This might not fix the problem, but variable speed pumps sure seem cool.
    10,000 gallon IG plaster pool with sand filter

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    Re: Pop-up pressure issue

    First, I would not have the plumbing come up through the concrete, have them come up just before the concrete so that you have access to all the plumbing if required.

    It is not uncommon to have to run all the water through the pop-ups ... in fact may pools do not even have wall returns (which is silly to me). Why do you also want to use the wall returns?

    Going with a smaller sand filter will actually give you more head loss and high pressure, but lower flow rate. You want to reduce your head loss to increase the flow rate. A cartridge filter actually has lower head loss, but in AZ we tend to want to backwash to try to keep our CH levels in check. A DE filter could have lower head loss, but they require a little more work.

    You can read a lot about plumbing in this sticky:
    hydraulics-101-have-you-lost-your-head-t915.html

    A bigger pump is not needed in my opinion and even getting a 2-speed may not make sense because you need the high flow rate to run the floor. The only advantage to a variable speed would be you could dial the flow rate down to where you just have enough flow for the floor, or bump it up to run both. Personally, I would just return most of the water through the floor with your existing setup.
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    Re: Pop-up pressure issue

    Thanks for the response. I thought for some reason since it had side return jets that I should be using them. I guess i'll just stick with the shutting them either all the way, or most of the way off. I may still try and upgrade the filter, since it's really gigantic, and gets in the way, but I guess I could do that later down the road.

    I have a buddy that's a concrete guy that's going to help me with the concrete part. I really like the clean install coming through the concrete. He actually suggested doing a chase pipe (slightly larger pipe), and making it so that none of the actual pressure pipe was touching the concrete. This seems like a good mix of function and astetics. It would still be a pain to redo the plumbing if I had to, but I wouldn't have to chip out the concrete.

    I'll read through the head post again and see if I can get my feet of head figured out. Seems like it's pretty simple.

    Thanks again for the advice.
    10,000 gallon IG plaster pool with sand filter

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    Re: Pop-up pressure issue

    It is actually pretty complicated to accurately calculate the head loss ... although generally there is no need to actually know it.

    My previous pool had the floor system and wall returns ... only time I switch to wall returns was when checking how much the pressure on the filter was changing to know when to backwash. Oh and sometimes if we were swimming and I did not want the pop-ups being kicked.
    Jason, TFP Moderator
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    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, Dolphin Diagnostic Robotic Cleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Gone: Hayward RS1500 pump, undersized DIY solar heater, Dolphin Dynamic Robotic Cleaner
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