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    Rush, NY

    Sandman1956 is becoming a believer

    I moved into a house with a pool three years ago and have been at the mercy of advice of dubious value for that entire time, so I am glad to join this site. Already I have gained some information that will help me keep the pool cleaner than in the past without spending a fortune.

    I have a pool with around 24000 gallons, two skimmers and three returns, a Hayward sand filter and a Hayward pump. Right now one of the three returns is clogged. Any ideas on how to unclog it?

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    Odessa, TX

    Re: Sandman1956 is becoming a believer

    Some have suggested reversing the flow of water (turn off pump and place water hose at return, turn on water hose). See if you can dislodge "problem".

    Another idea would be to use a "fishing tape" commonly used for pulling electrical wire as a "snake".
    IG gunite/plaster pool/spa Started 1/17/14, Plastered 5/16/14
    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Sandman1956 is becoming a believer

    That's where I'd start. With everything off, stick the garden hose with a jet stream nozzle into the return and have someone else turn it on full blast. If you're really lucky, you'll see dreck come shooting out the other returns. Then turn the pump on and hope you see even more dreck come out all three.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
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