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    skimmer piping question

    I was looking at the skimmer the PB plans on installing and noticed that it has a 2 inch connection as well as an 1.5 inch connection. Are both of these used???
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    Generally one is run to the pump and the other is either capped or connected to the floor drain (not ideal ... better to run the floor separately to the pump as well) or connected to an equalizer line below the skimmer (minor safety feature if the pool water got too low to protect your pump).
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    Thank you for the reply. I upgraded to 2 inch pipe and want to make sure I get the 2 inch, lol
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    Just so you know, having reducers down to smaller fittings is common and will not have a large impact on flow rate.
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    I used the 2" pipe, I then hooked a 2" adapter to the 1.5" connector and ran a pipe to that one as well and capped it at the pad. Cheap insurance in the case the one line breaks.
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    Thanks everyone for the replies.
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    Re: skimmer piping question

    Quote Originally Posted by ssgumby View Post
    I used the 2" pipe, I then hooked a 2" adapter to the 1.5" connector and ran a pipe to that one as well and capped it at the pad. Cheap insurance in the case the one line breaks.
    That's not a bad idea. However, if the line is there, I would connect it now. That will give you two benefits:

    1) Lower head loss from the skimmer. And
    2) The unused pipe won't potentially build up bacterial biofilms that could migrate to the pool.

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