After reading several posts on this forum, I decided to order the Pool Pilot Digital SC-36 for our ~14k gal IG pool (we had it resurfaced 2 years ago and put down a nice Tahoe Blue Pebble Tec).
I’m planning on this being a DIY install, so I have a few questions regarding location of the bypass manifold/cell with our current set-up.
A little background: The pool has a spa with a spillway into the pool. we currently don’t have a heater (so we really don’t use the spa that much – after all, we are in florida ). I anticipate installing a heater sometime in the future however, so I need to take that into account when locating the manifold/cell.
Below is a picture of my current pool/spa plumbing.
As you can see, there is a chlorinator in the return line (red ‘Leg A’ in photo). Currently I don’t use the chlorinator – I use liquid chlorine. I plan on taking the chlorinator out and installing the Pool Pilot manifold in its place. My main concern is the branch-off line at the first Jandy valve (‘Valve 1’ in the photo) before the current chlorinator. I believe the valve controls return flow to the spa jets. The manifold will go in the return line (red ‘Leg A’) downstream of this valve if I put it where the chlorinator is now. Depending on the setting of the valve (Valve 1) I will have varying flow rate to the manifold – correct? How will I know if I’m getting 20 GPM to the manifold? Is this set-up acceptable? If not, where is the next best place to locate the manifold/cell? Perhaps at the ‘Leg B’ in the photo? Leg B (blue) is 13 inches long currently.
If I can install the manifold where the chlorinator is now, that distance is only 11.5 inches. The current lines are 2 inch diameter. Will I have enough room for the manifold after I remove the chlorinator?
Those are my main concerns at the moment. I’ll probably think of some more soon. And great forum -- I'm really learning a lot. Thanks for any/all advice.