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    automatic water leveler connections

    New to this site, but I like it very much.
    IG already built, with no provision for automatic water filler. I have access to the full length of one of the return lines. I cannot drill additional holes in the pool walls. my question: Is there any possibility to share this return line with auto-water-filler output? I mean working as a return at the same time! How to prevent the sucking of water from the external leveling container.

    Thanks for any comment/suggestion.

    Lennyf

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    Re: automatic water leveler connections

    Welcome to TFP!

    You could potentially add water that way if you could figure out a way to make it safe to avoid contamination of your tap water. That's not trivial. The biggest problem is the need for a float to control the valve.
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    Re: automatic water leveler connections

    I think I might be tempted to just fill the pool manually. Autofills are certainly convenient but they can mask a leak in your pool. If it ever does, that usually causes far more inconvenience than the autofill saved you in work.

    I tend to be a minimalist anyway, but I would prefer to fill my pool manually as I don't see it as that much effort.
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    Re: automatic water leveler connections

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    I think I might be tempted to just fill the pool manually. Autofills are certainly convenient but they can mask a leak in your pool. If it ever does, that usually causes far more inconvenience than the autofill saved you in work.

    I tend to be a minimalist anyway, but I would prefer to fill my pool manually as I don't see it as that much effort.
    For what it's worth I totally agree. I had an autofill installed with my pool remodel and the worries of having it stick open when you're not around and the inability to foresee chemical additions due to invisible refilling convinced me to shut the valve to my autofill permanently. The effort to drop a hose in the water periodically is minimal considering I have a faucet and hose a couple of yards away from the pool edge. I do not live in a high evaporation climate so an autofill had limited benefit for me.
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    Re: automatic water leveler connections

    You could use a sprinkler anti-siphon valve along with a solenoid in the normally closed position. When off the sprinkler valve would drain the line when it shuts off to keep contamination from getting in the domestic water line and then solenoid would keep water from back flowing into the line. Using a float switch you could turn both valves on when to water gets low. But all that would be quite complex and leave open for areas of failure but most failures would just make nothing work at all.

    Or you could do something quick and cheap like this.
    http://www.scienceprog.com/the-cheapest ... er-filler/

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    Re: automatic water leveler connections

    I too don't like auto fill options as they cover up potential leaks. If my pool is loosing enough water to need water added more than about once per week I want to know NOW.
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