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    My $20 fountain

    Posted last year a few times during our build. Then forgot my login and had to create new account. Need to add my info but we have 18x33 saltwater. Here is my latest addition- a custom fountain!. Just added an extra line to the return and control it via ball valves, so we can adjust the flow. Kids love it and it only cost me $20 to make it! Let me know if interested and I can send pics of the plumbing. This thing was a breeze and only took 1 hour to make. Happy Swimming

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Good job!

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    I'm almost done with my plumbing and want to add a fountain. But I do have a question...my plumbing is 2" PVC is this will be okay for a fountain? Or should I use something smaller?
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Shouldn't be a problem because you are going to reduce down to whatever size hole you drill to create the fountain. Just make sure and get you one of those PVC ball valves to control the flow. You don't want it to spray out of the pool.
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    I'd reduce it at the T. A 1" ball valve is cheaper than a 2"
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    I'd reduce it at the T. A 1" ball valve is cheaper than a 2"
    Didn't consider that in my reply. As far as that goes, so will the pipe, elbows and end caps...
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Can you send me some pics please.

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Why not post up the pictures of the plumbing: How To Post Pictures
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Why not post up the pictures of the plumbing: How To Post Pictures
    Will do. Have to take some more pics this evening and will post them tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Good job!

    Next up... a nipple to attach a pool noodle so you can use it like a firehouse to blast the kids.
    That is a FANTASTIC idea!!

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Pysiek View Post
    I'm almost done with my plumbing and want to add a fountain. But I do have a question...my plumbing is 2" PVC is this will be okay for a fountain? Or should I use something smaller?
    If using a ball valve you should be fine with either. I ran all 1.5" and have more than enough flow, even with dual main drains. If you turn the fountain all the way "on" and turn "off" the return, it will shoot water 20 ft outside of the pool! Don't recommend that for lots of reasons, let alone the backpressure on the system. Of course the number of holes determines a lot of how the spray behaves. I went with a 24" piece and 20 holes. Real happy with the amount of arc and the noise of the water.

    Remember- running a fountain for extended periods also messes with your pH. Might have to test a little more than normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southern_gs View Post
    If using a ball valve you should be fine with either. I ran all 1.5" and have more than enough flow, even with dual main drains. If you turn the fountain all the way "on" and turn "off" the return, it will shoot water 20 ft outside of the pool! Don't recommend that for lots of reasons, let alone the backpressure on the system. Of course the number of holes determines a lot of how the spray behaves. I went with a 24" piece and 20 holes. Real happy with the amount of arc and the noise of the water.

    Remember- running a fountain for extended periods also messes with your pH. Might have to test a little more than normal.
    But I need to lower the TA and last year when I have intex pool the fountain helped me a lot
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Pysiek View Post
    But I need to lower the TA and last year when I have intex pool the fountain helped me a lot
    You are correct. I meant to say TA....not pH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southern_gs View Post
    You are correct. I meant to say TA....not pH.
    Well, in the interest of causing less confusion ...

    As per PoolMath "To lower TA you reduce pH to 7.0-7.2 with acid and then aerate to increase pH."
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    Yes. By aerating you lower TA but raise pH.
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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Sure thing- I hoped to take some yesterday but had a school function for my 5-year old that ran until after dark. I will post some more pics today or tomorrow.
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    Re: My $20 fountain (MORE PICS)

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    Thanks for the pics. I'm definitely doing this!

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    That looks great!! Love that idea.


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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Coolness!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: My $20 fountain

    Where are the pics? My kids are going to love this and they will worship me!!! This is so cool!!!
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