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Thread: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

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    May 2012
    Austin, TX

    Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    Did you install your pool pump? Was it a big job?

    I need to replace my noisy old single speed. I am thinking about ordering online and installing a Pentair Intelliflo.

    I have a great plumber friend who can help plumb the lines. I can figure out the electrical (or have my electrician do it for $75). It's already wired for 220.

    The local pool guy quoted a marked up price for the pump, it is marked up by 50% over the internet price, plus his installation fee of $250.

    So it is a $1000 pump that he would charge me $1500 for. I wouldn't mind just paying the install fee, but the markup is alot.

    It seems to me that it is "only" plumbing two lines and connecting the electrical wiring.

    Is it that big of a DIY job if you are handy?
    ~23,500 Gallon In-Ground Plaster Pool, Intelliflo VS+ Pump, Hayward 4820 DE Filter, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG

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    Re: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    If you are comfortable enough to glue pvc then you should be fine. Just remember not to use any more than one layer of teflon tape on the screw fittings. A flexible pipe dope is recommended. Measure then cut, if you can get your hands on flex pvc it is much more forgiving
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    Re: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    If you already have 220 volts out there it's a fairly simple job.
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    Re: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    I installed my pump myself. It's pretty easy to do. The wiring was probably the easiest part, just pay attention to how the original one is wired up before you remove it and you should be fine.

    BTW, if it's working fine but is just noisy you might be able to just rebuild the motor (replace the bearings). I have gone this route too. I just removed the motor and had a local place rebuild it for less than a hundred bux.
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    Southern California

    Re: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    I replaced my old pump with an Intelliflo. Hardest part was the plumbing because the old pipes did not line up with the new pump so I had to replace more of the plumbing than
    I anticipated. I think it took me about half a day including a couple of trips to the hardware store.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Did you install your own pump? How'd it go?

    I've done three. The first was in 1970 in the galvanized pipe era when I was only 17. PVC is a lot easier--especially if you have a power miter saw. My own most recent work was far superior to what the clowns at Anthony-Sylvan had originally done in 2004 (I upgraded to a 2-speed, maybe three hours because I added unions and got rid of the stupid Nature 2.)

    The first one was the biggest job because I replaced the filter as well. Or, more precisely, since there were two cast iron rock and sand filled monsters, I just put a new stainless sand filter in front of them and left them in place for the next thirty years.
    Current: 28,000G 18'x36' I/G AnthonySylvan Plaster; Waterway 60 sq.ft. DE Filter; 1.0hp x 1.65 SF Two-Speed (B2982) WhisperFlo; 2004-Present
    Previous: 40,000G 20'x40' I/G Koven unlined WWII salvage 5/8" marine steel; Lomart Stainless Sand Filter; 3/4hp Hayward SuperPump; 1946-2003 (managed by me from about 1964)
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