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Thread: Optimum Return Jet Angle

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    May 2014
    Houston, TX

    Question Optimum Return Jet Angle

    I always angle the returns to sweep the surface junk to the skimmers.
    My pool leak guy said don't break the surface with the returns.
    He claims I will use much more CL if I do this?

    What do you think?
    TF-100 Test Kit. 25 year old plaster in ground, 16,600 gallons pool & spa, sand filter, the worlds oldest Jet Vac pool cleaner. Pool is surrounded and covered be large live oak trees.

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    Apr 2013
    North OKC Area

    Re: Optimum Return Jet Angle

    I would keep it to where it didn't create bubbles to avoid unnecessary PH rise. I cannot say whether or not it adversely effects chlorine.
    17,100 Gal 27' x 52" AGP steel wall vinyl; 44gpm Cooper sand filter; Hayward 1hp sp1580 single-speed; 1.5" plumbing, 1 skimmer/jet, inline chlorinator.
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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Optimum Return Jet Angle

    Point it for best circulation....not chlorine would be a real stretch to attribute chlorine loss to that.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Cincinnati, OH

    Re: Optimum Return Jet Angle


    I have my two returns set up for counter clockwise rotation one pushing into the second then around to the skimmer (only because clockwise would run the route into my ladder prior to the skimmer). Both ripple the surface vigorously, but are set so as not to create bubbles. No out of the ordinary Cl loss here - 1.5 to 2ppm @day w/CYA 30.
    Pool: IG 22k- 16x32 clipped corners- vinyl liner, w/ a great board. Built in 3/99, new to me 2/2011.
    Equip: Hayward 3600 DE filter, Hayward CL-200 Chlorinator (empty since 7/5/2013).
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    Richard320's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Optimum Return Jet Angle

    I like the returns angled slightly up so I can tell just by glancing out the window if the pool is circulating from the ripple. It also makes a good target when adding acid and bleach.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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