I have a Pro Series pool with the standard skimmer. My goal is to keep the original skimmer and pump and add a new 16" Intex Sand filter to pull water from lower in the pool and improve water movement. I plan on hard piping up and over the side of the pool.
My questions are:
1. The sand filter came with plunger valves, is there any value in using these valves or adding ball valves on either the inlet or return? Is this important when backwashing etc.?
2. Does the fact that the piping comes up and over the side above the water level require any special consideration when setting this up? Will I need to find a way to prime the pump myself?
Thanks in advance for the help.