Hello all, I can't tell you how happy I am to have found this website, I've been reading for hours!
I have an early 1960's rectangle cinder block pool, 15' x 30' that is 3ft shallow end and 7ft deep end.
I have a single suction line to a sump like pool skimmer on one corner of the deep end and a single return on the same side but other corner 12 feet away.
My problem: I have an air leak on the suction side and it's underground below my concrete deck; I've confirmed it's a broken pipe. It's a 1 1/2" brass pipe in the skimmer and I'm not sure what it is underground. Either way I plan to saw cut the concrete and replace the piping on both the suction and return line.
I've decided to tackle this by myself because a pool contractor told me he'll have to replace the skimmer and add two more return lines while he's replacing the leaky suction pipe. He said I should also add a separate suction/vac line in the side of my pool for my Kreepy Krauly pool cleaner. He quoted me $3000 just to do the plumbing and skimmer work, I would have to do all the concrete and trench work. I can't afford $3k right now and am going to tackle this myself.
I plan to replace both pump (suction and return) lines with 2 1/2" PVC, is that a good idea even though I won't be replacing the 1 1/2" at the sump/skimmer and what looks like a 1" eyeball?
Is it true I will shorten the life of my Pentair IntelliFlo variable pump if I don't add additional return lines (this is what the pool guy said)? It's an expensive pump and I want it to run as efficiently as possible.
Is it that important to add a separate vac line for my pool cleaner? I currently just stick it into my skimmer.