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    New DIY Pool. pipe & plumbing design help required

    Hi all.
    New to the forums. looks like there is some good info here.

    hope I'm posting this in the right place.

    I am currently in the middle of building a new pool in Spain. The concrete base and the walls are complete. with 1.5" pipes in the walls for the 3 inlets & 1 Vac point, Skimmers also installed. main drain & light housing also installed.

    Ive had a discussion with the pool shop in the local town. who did a rough sketch of the skimmer and inlet plumbing.

    I have a couple of questions..

    The inlet design by the shop looks correct to me as it should give equal flow to all inlets.
    [attachment=0:2sozhlu8]Inlet design (Copy).jpg[/attachment:2sozhlu8]
    The design for skimmer also looks ok BUT I'm concerned that if I were to get a blockage in the single pipe. I would loose the use of both skimmers?
    [attachment=1:2sozhlu8]Skimmer design (Copy).jpg[/attachment:2sozhlu8]

    Would I be better to run 2 seperate skimmer pipes back to the 3 or 4 way manifold with a valves on each pipe?

    Should the vacume pipe be run straight to the manifold isolated with a valve in the pump house or can i connect it via the skimmer?

    I can't seem to add images here.
    So a link to photobucket of the 5 days of pool construction so far.. ... ing%20Pool ... ool%20pics

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    Aug 2012
    NE Kansas

    Re: New DIY Pool. pipe & plumbing design help required

    Not an expert but I built my pool and made sure that each return and suction line has its own run.
    I have 2 main drains connected to each other (prevents entrapment)
    One skimmer on its on run
    4 returns each run on thier own line with valves.
    All 2 inch pipe.
    I did this so I can control suction/flow anywhere in the pool as well as isolate lines if there is ever an issue.
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