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    Return Jet in Fibreglass Steps

    I am in the process of redoing my deck with composite. As I now have all the old boards off, my wife asked me if its possible to get a jet in the steps to help in flushing around the dirt that always seems to accumulate there.

    Am I correct in saying, Yep, I will run a T off the closest return, cut a 1 1/2" hole in steps where its clearly marked for a jet, plumb it with a basic return, silicone, thread in eyeball and use spa flex to complete it?

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    Re: Return Jet in Fibreglass Steps

    If it's going to be underground, I would use rigid PVC. Just realize that you'll be cutting the flow rate in half on the return you T off of.

    I have dirt that accumulates on my steps and have thought of this but 1 minute of brushing on the steps solves that problem. Putting a return on the steps would mean a LOT of work for me and I'd still get dirt on the top step, probably almost as much on the bottom step anyway.
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    Return Jet in Fibreglass Steps

    My PB put a return in my fiberglass steps and it helps keep them clean. We do have another return not too far from that one and I am sure it does decrease the flow of the other one. In the summer when there is heavy usage and dirt and I want a little more umph in the steps I take the eyeball out if the return closest to it and replace it with a plug that has only a small hole drilled in it to increase flow in the step area. And I believe that you could use flex if you wanted to. Our whole pool is plumbed in 1.5" flex and is IG.


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    Re: Return Jet in Fibreglass Steps

    Thanks guys, was pretty sure, but my previous Pool Store said it wasn't recommended, I assume because it would cost them 30' of pipe and some fittings. I have plenty of flow in both existing returns, so it wont be an issue. Spa flex isn't an issue here, no chance of ever seeing termites. I am just starting fresh with a new pool business and I believe I will be using rigid where possible as it is significantly cheaper, but spa flex is easier to go around stuff in my mind.

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