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    Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Hi guys...my build is coming along nicely!...water hit the liner yesterday (slowly). I'm just waiting for siding to go on my pool shed so I can put the plumbing in to connect the equipment. My question is where is the best and practical places for shut off valves? I'm using manual ball valves, I'm going to put a shut off on the main drain, and one on the skimmer, for sure. Then is there any reason I should put one on the returns? Or between pump and filter, filter and heat pump, or heat pump and SWG? Let me know your thoughts on this please...I may as well do it right the first time!
    By the way, later today I'll update some pics on my build thread (New build in New Brunswick, Canada). I've been so crazy busy working on this project, that posting pics became low on my priority list!
    Thanks for the advice, as always!
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Shutoff valves are not required, but they can be very nice to have. Having a shutoff on each line that goes from the pad to the pool is a good setup. There is no point in putting shutoffs between the various pieces of equipment on the pad.
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Shutoff valves are not required, but they can be very nice to have. Having a shutoff on each line that goes from the pad to the pool is a good setup. There is no point in putting shutoffs between the various pieces of equipment on the pad.
    Thanks for the reply. I understand the reasons for having shutoffs on my skimmer line and my main drain line, but can you enlighten me on the benefits of shutoffs on my return lines. And, if I do put them on the return, is it better to put just one valve before the return splits, or would I benefit from a valve on each return line?
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    If you ever need to just shut off one skimmer due to a leak or something, you'd be better off with separate shut off valves.
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    If you ever need to just shut off one skimmer due to a leak or something, you'd be better off with separate shut off valves.
    Thanks...that makes perfect sense for skimmers...but I only have one skimmer, so that makes it pretty simple...lol. But I suppose I could use the same reasoning for the return lines?
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    My bad.................but works either way!
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Haha...no worries...I figured. Thanks
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    How many return lines do you have? I have a slide, bubbler and normal return (split into three jets at the pool) on my pool and have shut off valves on each. Makes it nice to up the pressure on the slide and/or bubbler when running both.
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    Re: Placement of shut off valves for new pool build

    Quote Originally Posted by cbrown4690 View Post
    How many return lines do you have? I have a slide, bubbler and normal return (split into three jets at the pool) on my pool and have shut off valves on each. Makes it nice to up the pressure on the slide and/or bubbler when running both.
    That sounds super nice. My set up is pretty simple. Two return jets going to the pool...that's it.
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