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Thread: New pool -1st opening. Need help

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    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Central NJ

    New pool -1st opening. Need help

    Hello all

    Im helping my brother open his new pool built in 2012. This is the first year opening the pool. We have removed all my plugs and gizmos. Tightened all the drain plugs in the pump and filter and primed the pump with water and tried to get it going. Pumps pulls hard for 5 seconds and then looses all pressure. Tried it again but only open the intakes value from the skimmer have way. We were able to get it running, but as soon as We open up the in take valve from the skimmer to 100%, We loose all pressure and have to start over. With the value open 50% We can keep,her running at 10 lbs pressure. I checked the impeller for obstructions and double checked all valves and jointsmfor leaks I'm fearful theres a leak under the new concrete patio however I had no problems last year

    Please help

    His info

    18000 gallon in ground pool
    Hayward de3620 filter
    1 skimmer 2 bottom drains 3 returns
    Dominick (Inground Pool Newbie)
    650 sq/ft - 20k gallons
    Free-Form Gunite with Granite Ansylbrite Finish
    40 sq/ft 18' raised spa
    Jandy DE60 filter
    Jandy Aquapure 1400
    Jandy Aqua link PDA

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: New pool -1st opening. Need help

    It sounds to me like the water level is too low or the weir is stuck closed. You're probably sucking the skimmer dry and it loses prime. One of you watch what happens in the skimmer while the other throws the switch.
    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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