I bought a new house last Fall with a 25k gallon pool. In the Fall I paid a local pool company to close me down for the winter. I thought they did a good job (I know nothing), so I hired them to ďopenĒ me this last weekend. They took off the cover, removed the plugs and dumped in a bag of shock. 2 guys, 30 minutes, and $500 later. Total rip off. Iíve decided Iím doing this myself. I started looking online and found this website.
At this point Iíve read the entire pool school. I donít think Iím ready to start with the chemicals yet, I just want to get the pump running and get all the leaves / dirt out of the pool. Hereís what my setup looks like:
A top down view of the pump setup:
The ďbig valueĒ (not sure what the technical name is):
The two values coming out of the pump. Iím not sure what controls what:
Chlorine feeder and heater. There is a value in this image too, but Iím assuming thatís just to let water into the heater when itís turned on (although I donít know). Iíve read the bad stuff about the 3Ē tab chlorine feeders and Iíll need to make a decision on this at some point, but Iím not ready for that yet (I did load it up with tabs for now):
I think my next step is to get the pump running. The first thing I did was remove the clear plastic cap, fill it with water from a hose, close it, and turn on the pump. The ďbig valueĒ was set to filter (6:00). The other values were in the same positions they are shown in the above pictures. The water got sucked out immediately and it was all air. I tried that about 6 times, but no lock. I them moved the ďbig valueĒ to the position shown in the image above (I think itís recirculate) based on a youtube video I saw. It sounded like that would draw water into the pump, but no lock. At this point Iíd spent an hour on it with no progress and my wife started getting mad and told me to come in for dinner.
I think my questions are:
1. Whatís the proper procedure for getting the pump running?
2. Based on the image above, whatís the general direction water is flowing through the system? I think understanding that would help me get grounded on whatís going on.
3. In the first picture the pump is on the bottom. There are two valves to the right side of the pump. Any idea what they do and what positions are open/closed? This must sound like a stupid questionÖIím not very mechanically inclined so this is going to be a challenge for me. Once I get it Iíll mark up the pipes with black sharpie arrows showing which direction the water flows, what value is what, etc.
Am I missing any information thatís required for any of the experts here to provide support?
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