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Thread: Can you use a VS pump to run a waterfall with a valve and actuator?

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    Can you use a VS pump to run a waterfall with a valve and actuator?

    It seems to make sense instead of using a dedicated waterfall pump. The VS pumps have plenty of power. One builder said this is an easy way to save a little money. Another said it is not the best idea.

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    Re: Can you use a VS pump to run a waterfall with a valve and actuator?

    That works just fine as long as the waterfall isn't too large and the plumbing is setup appropriately. You don't want to run the waterfall water through the filter, so the waterfall should branch off before the filter. Also, if you originally had two pumps you want to combine their suction lines so both feed the one pump, which will require a little extra valving so you can prime the two lines separately. If the waterfall currently has a pump larger then 2 HP, it will probably be too much to combine it with the circulation pump.
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    Re: Can you use a VS pump to run a waterfall with a valve and actuator?

    This is for new construction and it is not a big waterfall.

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