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    Draining Off Excess Water

    How do I drain off excess water? Due to rain....water is to the top edge of the skimmer and needs to be dropped an inch or two. There is a valve at the bottom of my cartrige filter, I assume I open it with the pump on? When I opened with pump off, nothing happened. Before I tried it with pump on, I wanted to get clarification

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    Re: Draining Off Excess Water

    With the pump on, water will shoot out of the valve on the bottom if you open it ... might want to modify it so you can screw a hose on it and spread the water around.
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    Re: Draining Off Excess Water

    You can also open up the filter and then turn the pump on. That will drain the pool more quickly, but make a correspondingly larger "mess" around the filter, with water coming out quite quickly.

    A more controlled, but far slower option is to use a garden hose to make a syphon, or use a sump pump.

    Some cartridge filter systems have a garden hose bib installed in the plumbing for draining water. That would require some minor plumbing, but is a simpler to use long term solution. Of course this isn't really different than using the valve at the bottom of the filter, just (potentially) easier to use.
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    Re: Draining Off Excess Water

    I think getting a short piece of pipe and a fitting to connect to the the ball valve with a male thread on the other side that you could hook a hose to would be pretty easy ... might be kind of slow ... but certainly easier than cutting pipe, adding a Tee and hose bib.
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    Re: Draining Off Excess Water

    Thanks all. I will revisit tomorrow. I ran out of daylight today!
    Fiberglass Caged Pool Circa 1995
    15' x 32' - 16k Gallons
    Central, FL
    Hayward Cartridge Filter System

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