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    Skimmer and drain placement!!

    Hi,

    I am in the process of trying to build a pool and stumbled upon this forum. I have sketched it out the best that I can and I am now trying to figure out the placement for the skimmers, drains, ect. Any help with this will be GREATLY APPRECIATED. The wind direction usually comes in from the southwest or from behind the corner of the spa. The pool equipment will be even with the left side of the pool about 40 in front of it. I have been told I will need 2 pumps for this pool one for the pool and spa, and smaller 1 for the shear descents. I am attaching a sketch of my drawing and another pic I made. Also would there need to be anything else on the drawing that will be needed to for construction purposes? Again, any help will be sincerely appreciated.

    P.S. I am not able to attatch the second file. I will try to in another post called 2nd post.


    GB
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    24' round & 4' deep - Vogue AGP (13,500 gal)
    Waterway Clearwater 2 - 100 sq in cartridge filter
    1.5 hp - 2 speed pump

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    Re: Skimmer and drain placement!!

    Here is a black and white of the front.
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    24' round & 4' deep - Vogue AGP (13,500 gal)
    Waterway Clearwater 2 - 100 sq in cartridge filter
    1.5 hp - 2 speed pump

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    Re: Skimmer and drain placement!!

    My thoughts after just a quick look
    1) Skimmer goes at extreme downwind side, no matter how long a pipe run that entails.
    2) Awful long reaches to brush in front of the tanning ledge and the raised planter.
    3) Plumb the main drain, if you have one, separately, not through the nearest skimmer. Then if you need to drain any water to lower Calcium or just from heavy rainfall, it's easy.
    4) On the same note, install a multiport valve that has a waste setting. My life would be so much easier if I had more choices than just filter and backwash.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Skimmer and drain placement!!

    Thank you for the reply. What do you mean by "long reaches to brush in front of tanning ledge and raised planters"? Are you saying the tanning ledge is a bit too big?
    24' round & 4' deep - Vogue AGP (13,500 gal)
    Waterway Clearwater 2 - 100 sq in cartridge filter
    1.5 hp - 2 speed pump

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    Re: Skimmer and drain placement!!

    Quote Originally Posted by gbabin
    Thank you for the reply. What do you mean by "long reaches to brush in front of tanning ledge and raised planters"? Are you saying the tanning ledge is a bit too big?
    You will need to brush the bench and the vertical walls, especially when the plaster is fresh. So, the area in front of the tanning ledge is going to be at least 9' plus the depth and some extra to allow you some pole to grip. That's putting you out 12' or so. To the side, and leaning out to get the front of the bench. Right where the 16" is above the dg in "ledge." Same thing in front of the planter. You probably won't be able to reach over the top, so that means brushing from the side. I'm not sure what the solution is, but routine maintenance is something to consider. I just see a backache in the making.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Skimmer and drain placement!!

    OK. I gotcha! Really cool site with great info. thank you for the input.
    24' round & 4' deep - Vogue AGP (13,500 gal)
    Waterway Clearwater 2 - 100 sq in cartridge filter
    1.5 hp - 2 speed pump

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