I purchased a home here in sunny Sanford, Florida two years ago in 2011. It had been foreclosed and was a serious fixer-upper. There is a screened in rectangular pool in the back that is about 4 feet deep in the shallow end and 8 feet deep in the deep end, in ground, gunite, around 24000 gallons. This is the first pool I have owned.
This post is specifically about the built in pop up cleaning system that seems like it is missing parts. I have a strong suspicion that the people who moved out cut alot of stuff out and took it with them. The manufacture date on the pump is after the foreclosure date, so I'm pretty sure the bank put in the pump. Anyhow, there is a pop up system built in this thing. There are three pop ups that run down the center of the pool the long way. They all pop up and water comes out of them when the pump is running and the three way valve is turned toward the zone that seems to operate them. They have Caretaker 99 stamped into the top of them. I get the impression that there is supposed to be some sort of automatic valve thing that either switches these things off and on, or something like that to make them rotate? They don't rotate unless the pump is turned off and back on, or they can be rotated manually by pushing down on them and turning. This seems far from ideal.
Can a replacement valve switcher apparatus be obtained, or should I just abandon the in floor circuit and pretend it is not there? If so, would it be worth it? Studying how I think the thing would work, I don't see how it could possibly be much help. Currently I run the valve so that about 20% of the pressure goes to the in floor cleaner, about 30% goes to the returns near the surface, and about 50% goes to the pressure cleaner. I appreciate any suggestions or ideas.