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    Jun 2013
    Houston, TX

    Too Many Elbows?

    I just had a new Jandy Valve and Challenger pump installed.

    The previous installation had no elbows from the Jandy Valve to the pump intake and 1 90 degree elbow on the pump output side to connect the pump to to the diverter valve.

    The new installation has 4 90 degree elbows from the Jandy valve to the Pump intake and 3 90 degree and 3 45 degree elbows to connect from the pump to the diverter valve.

    There was room to install a PVC coupling in the pipes coming out of the ground and make the installation only use 1 90 degree elbow like the previous installation.

    From what I understand you want to minimize the number of 90 degree turns in a system.

    Is this ok or should I try to get them to correct it.

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Too Many Elbows?

    Somebody REALLY likes to make PVC joints!

    I would personally clean those 90's and 45's up but there is no rush. The extra restrictions they place on the system are surprisingly small.

    It's really whether or not it bothers you to look at it. It's far more a cosmetic issue than a functional problem.
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    Re: Too Many Elbows?

    It looks cleaner than what I got with my house. If it works and doesn't leak, leave it alone. That's what I've been doing.
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    Cincinnati, OH

    Re: Too Many Elbows?

    That looks like a squirrels nest! LOL

    I cant see why they would need any elbows between the new jandy and pump output. They should have been able to adjust the height of the newly coupled return lines at the bottom of the jandy to line up with the pump output.

    That madness between the filter control valve and the pump intake nearly leaves me at a loss of words...... Above and beyond all the elbows it clearly shows two couplings that shouldn't have been needed if they were properly dry fitting their work and using all new material prior to the glue up.

    IMHO there were a few extra tools in the box on this job.

    I would watch this setup like a hawk for several days. That outcome does not instill my confidence. I will agree that if it doesn't leak it is fine.
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    Re: Too Many Elbows?

    A Rubiks Cube of PVC!@.............but no harm done.
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    Dallas, TX

    Re: Too Many Elbows?

    It's not plumbing, it's sculpture!
    25000 gal in ground plaster. '79 vintage. Cartridge filter.

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