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    Question pool heater piping question

    I just bought my 1st pool heater for my above ground pool. the heater has 2" pipe my pool is 1-1/2" pipe can I reduce the 2" to use my 1-1/2" and also do I need a water flow meter and a check valve. I hope all this makes sense. lol

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    You can use reducers, no problem.

    I would think the flow meter and check valve are options that you can but don't absolutely need to install.
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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Charlie thanks about the water meter and check valve that's one less expense lol. Do you happen to know any thing about the plumbing if I need to run as much as possible 2" or can just connect to the 1-1/2" pipe I already did? Have a nice weekend.

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    If you main pool plumbing is already 1-1/2", no need to do anything else. Just use the same size pipe.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    I reduced from 2" to 1.5". Didnt use a meter or checkvalve on heater just before the pump. There are pictures of my install in this thread:

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...for-intex-pool

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    Here is a picture:

    20140527_114509 B.jpg
    Intex Ultra Frame 16' by 48" deep - Pentair Superflo 1.5 HP pump with sand filter, Hayward H150 Heater, Hayward Skimmer and 2nd return

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Looks good and thanks guys for the pix I hope to start on my install on Saturday. All my stuff is close to the pool 16' from the house and 6' from the pool. Its a Hayward H200FD just finished reversing everything from right to left. Hardest part is now the digging for the gas line have to be careful have sprinkler system. lol

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Forgot to ask should I put in a by pass if I don't need the heater or just turn the heater off just let the water run threw the heater?

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    I just let water go through heater

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Diesel thanks now that's less piping . I see you live up north Bears use to train up there now spring camp is out my way. lol I only been out here since 07 a complete different pace then I was use to now in farm land lol.

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Quote Originally Posted by cobrahd1999 View Post
    Forgot to ask should I put in a by pass if I don't need the heater or just turn the heater off just let the water run threw the heater?
    100% of my water runs through my heater. It just doesn't get heated 99% of the time.
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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Hey cobra - Halas hall is still here. this is where bears practice during season. They used to practice in Platville, WI. Now down in Bourbonnais.

    I wish I had to heat my water as much as richard!!! So far I am heating water 99% of time we use pool. Need warmer weather!!!

    Intex Ultra Frame 16' by 48" deep - Pentair Superflo 1.5 HP pump with sand filter, Hayward H150 Heater, Hayward Skimmer and 2nd return

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    Here is some pix of my pool heater nightmare to a plumber. Small Pool Heater Hookup 6-29-30_1.jpgSmall Pool Heater Hookup 6-29-30_2.jpg Small Pool Heater Hookup 6-29-30_3.jpg here is the 1st 3

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    here are the last 3. [IMG] [IMG] [IMG][/IMG]

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    Re: pool heater piping question

    I just plumbed a Hayward 100K BTU for intex 16 foot metal frame. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe. Buy a 2 inch male NPT to 1 1/2 inch PVC on either side. I then glued a union so I can easily remove pipes from heater if needed. I elected to plumb a heater bypass T on with side with three ball valves (bypass, heater inflow/outflow after bypass). Having done so, I let water run through heater 100% of time and heat as needed.

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