I'm going to try this again. Thinking too many questions about different things in one posting. So, I'll ask only questions about one specific topic.
I have recently purchased a 14'x42" Summer Escapes Pro Series Pool to size upgrade from the 10'x30" Intex Metal Frame pool I bought last year. My boys have grown a lot in a year.
I have read a lot of complaints about the pump attached to the skimmer on the Pro Series Pool being sorely inadequate(WHY? do they all do that? To entice us to spend the money on a bigger pump?). The box the pool came in says it's 1000gph for a 3000 plus gallon pool. I also read that the pump is just poor quality and will probably burn out in a just a few weeks. So I would like to know if adding the 1000gph Intex pump In Addition to the existing pump on the ProSeries Skimmer will help reduce the load on the Proseries Skimmer pump.
Even if it won't help extend the life of the ProSeries Skimmer pump, I am still going to add the Intex Pump just because I'm sure that the skimmer isn't going to clean water from the bottom of the pool.
I could just attach it over the side with bat weights, but if I could cut a hole in the liner and attach it directly to the pool, that would eliminate the daily removing of the hose while we swim, then re-priming it and putting it back in every day, sometimes more than once or twice a day. I'm sure it could be done, but was hoping someone could advise me on any particular parts I should get to accomplish this as there is no way that the outlet and return attachments that came with the 1000gph Intex pump will work.
I was thinking of ordering a Summer Escapes Suction wall fitting (from amazon or ebay) like this
And cutting the hole in liner to accommodate it. I assume this would work just fine since it would just be doing the same thing as the return that's already in it. I should say that I plan on using the return side of the Intex pump with it's original return fittings to create a fountain.
Will the hoses for the Intex pump fit onto the return? The Intex hoses are 1 1/4" right? Is the Summer Escapes hoses the same size or are they 1 1/2"? If the Summer Escapes return connection is 1 1/2", what adapter should I get to reduce to the 1 1/4" Intex hose size? OR does Summer Escapes have a 1 1/4" suction wall fitting I should use instead? Does anyone know where I could find an entire one and not just piece-meal?