Hello all, this is my first time to post. We purchased a home last fall with a pool. The previous owner had a local pool company close the pool, but I wanted to open it myself this spring and use the TFP method to maintain it. I have been reading the questions & replies in this Forum as well as reading Pool School trying to get ready for the summer.
I've never owned a pool before and had a few questions regarding the equipment and how to get it ready to operate. I will be removing the cover this week. Here are my questions:
1. In the pump basket, there are 3 plugs. It looks like two belong in the pump but I don't know where the 3rd could belong. Any ideas on this? I couldn't see that the Polaris pump had a plug, but maybe I overlooked where it went?
2. The pump says that it is self-priming, but the cover for the basket says to fill with water before operating. Will it fill with water automatically or do I need to pour a bucket of water in first?
3. I have a valve leading into the pump that can point to the Main Drain or Skimmer. It is currently set to Main Drain. For normal operation, do I need to move this over to Skimmer or should it be set somewhere in between the two in order to draw water from both?
4. There is a pipe with a red T-handle coming from the ground in front of the filter. It looks like it is currently closed. The pipe doesn't lead to any of the equipment, it basically just comes out of the ground and ends. Any ideas on what this could be since it doesn't connect to any equipment? Maybe this is a pipe for an additional feature I don't have installed?
Thanks for any help you can give! I'm sure I'll have many more questions once I begin testing the water.