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    DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    i was thinking of drilling a return line thru my wall bout 12 inchs below waterline and use that to run pvc to
    pump for my waterfalls .... here are some pics please ignore all the stuff in the pool was a windy day and all go
    blown out of dumpster into pool ....fyi will be getting replasted in few days ....


    click to view images http://goo.gl/5iH1xg


    why cant i post images ??? 100k images says to large ?

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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    I would strongly suggest have a professional do that sort of thing. The last thing you want is to get a leak/crack right before summer!

    Also, about the pics, I made this tutorial about how to include them. Hope this helps!
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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    Why don't you plumb your water feature from your filter line(add a 3 way valve) and use your existing return?
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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    its a good 75 feet to the pump under concrete ....want to avoid that

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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    Where's that suction return in the second picture? Is it under concrete? Dig that one out and connect to it. Even if you have to cap off or reduce the return nozzle size to get the amount of water flow thru the water feature.
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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    Quote Originally Posted by 36racin View Post
    Where's that suction return in the second picture? Is it under concrete? Dig that one out and connect to it. Even if you have to cap off or reduce the return nozzle size to get the amount of water flow thru the water feature.
    Why is it such a big deal to just drill through the pool wall and then seal it with hydraulic concrete?

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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    Would there be an issue if you hit rebar? Or a couple bars tied together? Just thinking of the worst. Otherwise i tend to agree with you buit that's my 35,000' uneducated guess/opinion.
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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    Quote Originally Posted by bmoreswim View Post
    Would there be an issue if you hit rebar? Or a couple bars tied together? Just thinking of the worst. Otherwise i tend to agree with you buit that's my 35,000' uneducated guess/opinion.
    Just drill thru the rebar ? what am i missing ? why hire a "pro" to drill ? my dads a contractor , has the tools ...
    im just saying before the replastering is done ... and i asked the plaster guy he said he would outsource the job and
    its would be $300 ? maybe more for a hole ? i mean the pro could easily hit rebar as well and then whats he gonna
    do differently ? I am gonna go for it and document it then post it ..shouldnt be such a big deal ....
    Last edited by Casey; 05-23-2014 at 11:54 PM. Reason: Cussing

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    Re: DIY waterfall plumbing HELP !! Can i drill a return thru my pool wall or ??

    The main problem i see is that you are adding a drain. Drains usually require pairing or other steps to make them compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. Your drain MUST comply.
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