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    Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain?

    First off, let me say this forum is great, and this is my first post

    I ordered my Liquidator, so it is on its way. I've been reading lots of posts and like the idea of connecting the LQ outlet to my pump drain and not drilling another hole in my plumbing. My issue is that I have a Hayward EcoStar pump and it seems to have two drain plugs - neither of which run directly to the basket. I have no idea why it has two. There is no documentation about them on the Hayward website.

    Has anyone hooked their LQ up to a Hayward EcoStar via its drain? If so, which drain did you use?

    Thanks everyone in advance! - Larry

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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    The drain plug closest to the front of the pump goes to the strainer pot and is on the suction side of the impeller. That should work for you.
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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    So, when you say "front", you mean the one closer to the basket?

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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Closer to the suction port, correct.
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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Quote Originally Posted by lrk2
    So, when you say "front", you mean the one closer to the basket?
    Yes. Bama is correct. I have mine hooked up to the closest drain hole to the basket of my Jandy pump. Using a quick disconnect connection from Home Depot or Lowes makes the installation real easy and real clean.


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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Hopefully the Jandy works the same way as the Hayward EcoStar.

    Is this the right part to connect to it?
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BVQ9L2/

    Thanks, Larry

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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Yes. That is the correct part. There is also a right angle version too.


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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Quote Originally Posted by bibeaud
    Yes. That is the correct part. There is also a right angle version too.


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    Also. If you have a heater, connect a second plug to the heater drain port which will bring the water into the LQ and the filter drain port will take the higher chlorinated water out of the LQ. No drilling needed.


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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    That's correct. The heater drain sends water into the LQ and the pump basket drain draws water out of the LQ.
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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Quote Originally Posted by bibeaud
    Also. If you have a heater, connect a second plug to the heater drain port which will bring the water into the LQ and the filter drain port will take the higher chlorinated water out of the LQ. No drilling needed.


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    No, I don't have a heater...does the second drain plug on the EcoStar connect to the outflow side of the pump? If so, could I connect the line to the LQ inflow to that and bypass the filter entirely?

    - Larry

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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    Quote Originally Posted by lrk2
    Quote Originally Posted by bibeaud
    Also. If you have a heater, connect a second plug to the heater drain port which will bring the water into the LQ and the filter drain port will take the higher chlorinated water out of the LQ. No drilling needed.


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    No, I don't have a heater...does the second drain plug on the EcoStar connect to the outflow side of the pump? If so, could I connect the line to the LQ inflow to that and bypass the filter entirely?

    - Larry
    OK, I just loosened the other drain plug while the pump was running and water started squirting out...so it looks like it is on the output side of the pump. So, I think it should work. What is the downside that I'm missing? I don't really see why the water should flow through the filter before coming into the LQ. Has anyone else tried this?

    Thanks, Larry

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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    The purpose of having the LQ inlet hooked after the filter is so that it gets filled with clean water so if debris went through the pump it would get caught by the filter and not clog the LQ hose or float valve.
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    Re: Anyone connected a Liquidator into an EcoStar pump drain

    That makes total sense! Thanks

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