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    Adding 2nd return to 14'x42" ultra frame

    I have been lurking for a few weeks and just recently joined the forum. 95% of my questions have been answered just by using the search function, as it does in most forums.

    Background:
    Intex ultra frame 14'x42"
    Intex 2100gph sand filter
    Intex SWG
    Hayward SP1091LX skimmer
    1.5" Hayward adjustable eye return
    Intex 637R pump(running as a standalone solar heater through three sections of 200ft x .5in black irrigation tubes)
    I will be upgrading the intake line to 1.5" Intex fitting this week during my reorginization of pumps

    The main question I have is:

    Can I add a second return through the liner without it being reinforced like the OE openings? Or is it wiser to go up and over the frame and drop it down to about 6" above the bottom of the liner to stir all the **** that is settling on the bottom?

    Thanks for any advice or suggestions, I want to do this right the first time so I can focus on enjoying the pool since temps are already hitting mid 90's this week.

    Tim
    14'x42" Ultra frame
    Hayward SP1091LX in-wall skimmer
    Intex SWG/Intex 1000gph solar heating system
    Intex 2100gph sand filter
    1.5" PVC plumbing/1.5" Intex intake and return fittings

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    Re: Adding 2nd return to 14'x42" ultra frame

    Welcome to the Forum!

    I would say safer to go over the top.
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    Re: Adding 2nd return to 14'x42" ultra frame

    I've been working on hard plumbing my pool, and having no problems adding normal pool fittings through the liner.

    http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/bc...?sort=3&page=1
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Adding 2nd return to 14'x42" ultra frame

    I will see how well the existing return does before I really give thought to adding or cutting a second return into the pool. A little worried that a single return may hinder the flow from the pump back into the pool. I am going to start the hard plumbing project tomorrow, now that I have the 2100gph sand filter in my possession and mounted to my newly built hardware stand.
    14'x42" Ultra frame
    Hayward SP1091LX in-wall skimmer
    Intex SWG/Intex 1000gph solar heating system
    Intex 2100gph sand filter
    1.5" PVC plumbing/1.5" Intex intake and return fittings

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    Re: Adding 2nd return to 14'x42" ultra frame

    Update:

    2100gph sand filter installed, 1.5" intake and return fitting installed and 1.5" pvc installed.

    The flow is outstanding, only problem is the intex 1.5" return cap has the adjustable eye and the flow coming back to the pool is so great that it forces water out the of the threads of the return cap. I just removed the cap for now, until I can figure something out.

    I took a dip for the first time since installing the pool and equipment and the 86* water temp is awesome.
    14'x42" Ultra frame
    Hayward SP1091LX in-wall skimmer
    Intex SWG/Intex 1000gph solar heating system
    Intex 2100gph sand filter
    1.5" PVC plumbing/1.5" Intex intake and return fittings

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