so i'm digging my skimmer line out since i suspect there is a leak there. while i'm there i want to see if i can restore a dead return that is plugged right next to a skimmer (see the pic).
the return is 20" to the left of the skimmer. skimmer like goes out away from the pool and turns 90 degree to the left and goes straight to the pump parallel to the edge of the concrete deck.
i was thinking the dead return line would run in a similar fashion - cross the deck and then a turn toward the pump. so i expect it to be somewhere under the skimmer line 20" left from where the skimmer line turns (see second and third pic). the area is kinda PIA to dig, so want to ask the forum is this would be a typical plumbing layout - cross the deck first and then turn as needed. i don't want to do a lot of digging if it's very unlikely to be there. as far as i know i might just run under the concrete all the way to the pump.