Hi All -- in the process of filling our new Intex pool. It is the big rectangular - 32 x 16 x 52. Last year I had round pool that had:
1. a through-wall skimmer we put in
2. a second suction port that was pre-cut in the Intex round
3. one return
4. to accommodate the two-suction system, the hose to the pump had a "Y" in it with an end going to the skimmer and the other part of the Y going to the second suction port
This year I have not yet put in the through-wall skimmer on the brand new pool. I don't have the skimmer yet so doing it now (even if I'm willing to do it myself as opposed to waiting for pool-boy who did it last year). BUT I am filling the pool and want to get the equipment hooked up asap to both allow us to keep filling and also to let us get some circulation so we can sanitize.
OPTION A (preferred)
1. Is there an easy way to block off the part of the "Y" that went to the skimmer such that I can just hook up the equipment through the two holes that come in the Intex. That way I could get my pump (see sig), filter, and heater up and running and worry about the skimmer later. I would assume I'd need a cap or something but it would need to be really really air tight, right, so it wouldn't cause air to get to the pump - does such a cap exist and if so, would I likely find one at a big box store, or need a plumbing store (which would be closed today).
2. If I can't use my stuff in the short-term because of the Y, can I set up the factory equipment and just circulate, not filter. Looks like an Intex sand filter/pump came with it. I don't really want to buy sand if I don't need to -- could I set it all up and just go through an empty canister to allow me to circulate chemicals until I can get the skimmer installed? I wouldn't be able to use my heater but at least I could keep the water clean.
3. Any other suggestions since you guys usually have a totally different answer, and way better way, than I can think of.
Thanks and hope you are all enjoying a nice Memorial Day!